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Lawyers unfairly target Amusement parks - What do you think?

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    ... Amy Singer, Ph.D. President Trial Consultants, Inc. 840 N.E. 20th. Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 (954) 525-9662 www.trialconsultants.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2002
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      > Lawyers Unfairly Target Amusement Parks, Group Says
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      > Lawyers Unfairly Target Amusement Parks, Group Says
      > By Jim Burns
      > CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
      > July 30, 2002
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      > (CNSNews.com) - Personal injury lawyers are attempting to create a "cottage
      > industry" by linking brain injuries to thrill rides at amusement parks,
      > said the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA).
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      > ATRA cited statistics by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that
      > showed more people were injured in 2000 using trampolines, golf equipment
      > and bicycles than were injured on or in amusement rides of all types.
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      > Industry data, according to ATRA, showed that around 99 percent of those
      > who board amusement rides and attractions enjoy their experience without
      > any incident whatsoever.
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      > "Following the same attack plan they've used with unwarranted lawsuits
      > involving breast implants, asbestos, and mold, the lawyers are labeling
      > unsubstantiated evidence as 'science,' attempting to use it to create media
      > sensationalism and an absurd public scare," the ATRA said in a statement.
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      > Earlier this month, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), at the
      > request of Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), announced
      > the formation of a "blue ribbon panel" to review and analyze brain injury
      > risk as it relates to amusement park rides.
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      > Markey introduced legislation calling for tighter safety requirements on
      > amusement park rides.
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      > BIAA officials said in a statement that the panel would analyze available
      > national and international research, data, literature and case studies as
      > they relate to the impact of amusement rides and whether there is any
      > impact on riders.
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      > "Going to amusement parks has practically become a staple in a family's
      > summer vacation," noted BIAA President Allan Bergman.
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      > "But as roller coasters and rides get taller, faster and more thrilling to
      > compete for attention, people are understandably beginning to ask 'how safe
      > are these rides?' That's exactly what we anticipate this panel will be able
      > to answer at the conclusion of this review," he said.
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      > BIAA also said the "tentative completion" of the review is set for sometime
      > this fall, and its final recommendations will be provided to Congress.
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      > ATRA doesn't agree with the BIAA.
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      > "The amusement industry continues to hold its position that safety is its
      > top priority and relentlessly works on improving amusement ride safety
      > standards to provide an enjoyable visit for every guest. Most injuries at
      > these parks result from people ignoring safety rules or from pre-existing
      > health conditions," the ATRA concluded.
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      Amy Singer, Ph.D.
      President
      Trial Consultants, Inc.
      840 N.E. 20th. Ave.
      Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
      (954) 525-9662
      www.trialconsultants.com
      amysinger@...


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