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$1.8M settlement proposed for teen hurt when fair ride broke

Woman hurt in deadly Ohio State Fair ride accident reaches nearly $1.8M proposed settlement of claims against ride operator, inspectors

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    An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper removes a ground spike from in front of the fire ball ride at the Ohio State Fair, in Columbus on July 27.

    JAY LAPRETE / AP FILE

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COLUMBUS — A woman critically injured in a deadly ride accident at the Ohio State Fair would get nearly $1.8 million in a proposed settlement of her claims against the ride operator and companies that had inspected it.

A carriage on the spinning, swinging Fire Ball ride broke apart last July, killing a teenager and injuring seven people, including 18-year-old Jennifer Lambert.

WBNS-TV reports court documents say Lambert suffered a traumatic brain injury, remains in a care facility and has had medical expenses totaling more than $455,000. She would get about $1.1 million from the proposed settlement, with the rest going toward attorneys’ fees and other expenses.

The settlement would need court approval.

A court filing says some victims are still considering claims against the ride’s designer, manufacturer and supplier.



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