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Four Year Old Critically Injured at Louisiana State Fair – State Fire Marshal Reports Operator Error

By J. Rock Palermo, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Shrevport, Louisiana, Sheldon Lewis, age 4, suffered critical injury while attending the Louisiana State Fair. According to the State Fire Marshal, the injuries could have been avoided if safety protocols were followed by the ride operator. In particular, it was reported that the accident and resulting personal injuries could have been avoided if the amusement park ride operator turned the ride off and then removed the key. Another child had pushed a start button to the ride while Sheldon Lewis was on the ride platform. As a result of the unexpected start of the ride, Sheldon became trapped between the floor of the ride and the moving cars on the ride identified as The Twin Ring Demolition Derby. See Fire Marshal Releases Information Regarding Louisiana State Fair Ride Accident Causing Serious Personal Injuries to Sheldon Lewis. See Fire Marshal – Operator Error Was a Factor in Louisiana State Fair Accident.

Parents and other visitors to amusement parks expect that the rides are properly managed and that all reasonable safety measures are followed for safety purposes. This is especially important for children who are frequent visitors to amusement parks, theme parks, and fairs. Safety should always be the primary focus of a ride operator. Unfortunately, mistakes are made from time and time which, in turn, can cause serious personal injuries to children.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know has chapters on Amusement Park and Theme Park Injuries, Damages / Compensation, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, and other topics. The book is a good resource for parents looking for some guidance and answers when a child suffers personal injuries as a result of the negligence of another person or business. See Free Child Injury Book for Parents Seeking Answers When a Child Is Injured.

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