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Park worker hurt after being struck by roller coaster rider

Minnesota residents may have read about an accident at a California theme park on June 13 that left one employee severely injured. A passenger on a roller coaster also received minor injuries. According to the report, the accident occurred at the Santa Clara park as the employee, who was attempting to recover a cellphone, went below a roller coaster ride called Flight Deck. Just then, a fast-moving steel roller coaster cab bore down above the employee, causing a rider's legs to strike the employee, who was then dragged for about 15 feet.

As a result of the accident, the employee incurred serious head injuries. The ride was temporarily closed so authorities could investigate the cause of the accident. At the time of reporting, officials stated that it was unlikely the accident was due to a malfunction.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a workplace accident, employees suffering workplace injuries may be able to pursue a workers' compensation claim for benefits. This type of claim may allow injured employees to collect a percentage of wages they lost while they were recovering. The benefits also generally include the provision of required medical care and treatment.

In the event the employee's injuries were due to the negligence of an employer, the injured employee may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer for his or her losses. When this happens, the injured employee must decline worker's compensation benefits. However, if the employee's injuries were caused by a non-employer third party, in some cases the victim may be able to pursue a claim for workers' compensation benefits in addition to filing a lawsuit against that responsible party for any losses that were not covered by the workers' compensation benefits.

Source: New York Daily News, "2 injured in roller coaster accident at California's Great America theme park ", Rachelle Blidner, June 13, 2015

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