Simon Wheatley was instructed by Buckles Solicitors for the Claimant who was injured on a rollercoaster that provided more thrills than advertised. Dragon’s Fury had previously experienced ‘car overspeed’ faults in the morning. This had already caused one customer to be stuck on the ride. In the afternoon the Claimant and her son travelled on Dragon’s Fury and were subjected to high speeds and deceleration forces when the system shut down. Liability denied by the Defendant. The judge found that the Defendant had failed to investigate or remedy the fault. The 34-year-old woman received £63,192.11 total damages for back and neck injuries, and distress.

The Claimant had a previous medical history of neck and back symptoms, which meant her physical injuries were limited to two years of loss. The case is: Emilia Idziak and Merlin Entertainments Plc (2022).

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