When Summer Injuries Strike, Pre-Settlement Funding Can HelpAugust 27, 2015
“Just one more ride, Mom,” the boy had pleaded. The ride was on the way out of the fairgrounds, and the family had just enough tickets left for the boy and one of his parents.
“Jessica” was tired, as she, her husband “James” and their son “Ryan” (not real persons) had been at the fair since the middle of the afternoon. But the ride would take only a few minutes, and there was no point in letting the tickets go to waste. Jessica asked James if he would accompany their son. “Of course,” he said. “See you in a minute,” he said. Jessica replays that exchange in her head often, because it’s the last fully coherent conversation she and her husband ever had.
After the spinning, swiveling carnival ride had come to a stop, James and Ryan lifted the safety bar that had secured them in their seat. They had just risen to their feet and begun to look for the exit when the ride suddenly lurched back into motion. Ryan was knocked clear and suffered cuts and bruises to his head and extremities. James was less fortunate.
The several-hundred-pound mass of the ride car slammed James into the car in front of them. As Jessica watched in horror, James’s body was knocked between the cars and the frame of the ride like a pinball before the ride operator managed to bring the machine to a stop. James suffered a fractured skull and injuries to several vertebrae. He spent months in a coma, and his doctors told Jessica he would probably never recover full brain function. As the result of his severe injuries, he likely would probably need some degree of assistance for the remainder of his life.
During the ensuing investigation, the family would learn that the amusement ride had malfunctioned and stopped operating earlier that day. Rather than take it out of service for repairs, the ride’s owner had rushed the machine back into operation by rigging up a modification that circumvented the ride’s safety features. The machine should not have been able to operate at all while the passenger safety restraints were open. But after the owner’s hack job, all it took was an errant slip of the hand to put the ride in motion, regardless of whether the restraints were locked or the cars were closed. And that’s what had happened.
A personal injury attorney reviewed the case and told the family that a settlement or judgment was likely but the timeline for receiving funds from any such settlement or judgment was uncertain. In the meantime, the loss of James’ income — to say nothing of the cost of his hospitalization and rehabilitation — was seriously impacting the family’s finances and their ability to put their lives back together. Their attorney told them to call USClaims.
After reviewing a case like this personal injury suit, USClaims often is able to approve an application for pre-settlement funding quickly. Plaintiffs have the money they need to stay afloat within days. If you’re involved in an injury lawsuit, we can provide the financial support you need.
At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.