Acrobats Receive a $52.5 Million Settlement in Negligence Lawsuit
According to a news story published on wpri.com, two acrobats received a personal injury settlement of $52.5 million. The insurers will pay the multi-million dollar settlement. The two performers were severely injured when the "chandelier-like" suspension apparatus they were suspended from collapsed due to alleged negligent safety practices by the circus staff.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident. It determined that the circus staff members had overloaded a carabiner clip causing the collapse in front of thousands of spectators. The metal clip that held the acrobats 20 feet above the floor was overloaded and snapped, causing the performers to fall to the ground leaving the performers with broken bones and "life-altering" spinal injuries.
The women were part of a group of eight acrobats who were sent plummeting to the ground during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show in Providence, Rhode Island. The injured's attorney confirmed that the arena's ownership and management where the circus was held agreed to compensate the women for the injuries and suffering they sustained.
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