According to a brain injury lawsuit filed by a Florida woman, inadequate safety measures caused her headfirst fall from a ride at Dollywood.
Tedi Brown, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, suffered severe injuries and a permanent disability after she fell from the Waltzing Swinger ride at the theme park in December 2013, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed against Dolly Parton Productions Inc. and Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. in U.S. District Court.
According to the lawsuit, Brown and her husband asked a park employee if the ride was safe in the wintry conditions, and they were told not to worry. When the ride came to a stop, Brown lifted her lap bar, not realizing that her seat was still ten feet in the air. She then lost her grip on the lap bar due to the slick conditions and fell to the pavement. The lawsuit alleges that Dollywood failed to close the ride when slick conditions made it unsafe and failed to warn patrons not to lift the lap bar until the ride had fully descended.
The lawsuit states that Brown suffered a brain injury as well as a broken jaw, torn ligaments and neck and spine injuries. The lawsuit seeks $475,000 in damages, plus costs.