Durham, North Carolina – Prominent Trial attorney Willie E. Gary and his legal team recently obtained a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of four clients that nearly lost their lives while riding an attraction at the North Carolina State Fair.
Kisha Gorham, Anthony Gorham, Justen Hunter (a minor) and Shykema Dempsey were severely injured on October 24, 2013 when they were forcefully thrown from the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair, after the ride’s safety harnesses were disengaged when they were disembarking from the ride. The ride suddenly and forcefully lurched back into operation, tossing the Plaintiffs to the metal platform below the ride. The malfunction resulted in major, catastrophic, and life-changing injuries to all the Plaintiffs.
Attorney Willie Gary and his team contended that the Defendants were negligent in operating the Vortex ride and they failed to correct and remedy problems identified with the ride. The lawsuit was filed against Amusements of Rochester, Inc., d/b/a Powers Great American Midways (incorporated and doing business in North Carolina), and Family Attractions Amusement, LLC (incorporated in the state of Georgia with an ownership interest in the ride known as the Vortex).
“The Defendants are guilty of the oldest sin known to man, and that is greed. More emphasis was placed on profits than the safety of people, and we want to make sure that this will never happen again at any amusement park, county, state or local fair anywhere in the United States,” said Attorney Gary.
“The Defendants are guilty of hiring people who were clearly untrained and unqualified to provide the safety patrons deserved,” commented Willie Gary. “As a result of their gross negligence, my clients have suffered devastating injuries. No amount of money can give them back what they have lost,” stated Gary.
Anthony Gorham, whose injuries were the most severe is blind in one eye and is in jeopardy of a possible loss of sight in the other eye. He suffers from permanent brain damage, has experienced ongoing seizures, and will require medical care for the rest of his life.
His wife, Kisha Gorham, received severe neck, back and head injuries. Their son, Justen Hunter was diagnosed with having a subdural hematoma of the brain. Shykema Dempsey continues to suffer from the head and spinal injuries she received in this accident.
Attorney Willie E. Gary is no stranger to seeking justice. Mr. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 2014, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team an unprecedented $23.6 billion verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for his clients who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch.