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Universal Orlando Park Guest Suffers TBI on a Roller Coaster

TAMPA, Florida — A lawsuit has been filed against Universal Orlando following an incident on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. Geriann Irwin Clem and her husband, Richard Clem, initiated the legal action, seeking damages exceeding $50,000. Their claim stems from a visit to the park on February 11, 2024.

According to the lawsuit, the Broward County couple contends that during their ride on the roller coaster, Geriann’s head purportedly endured violent shaking and repeated impacts against the seat’s headrest throughout the ride, which reached speeds of 65 mph.

The lawsuit asserts negligence on the part of Universal Orlando, alleging that the park failed to inform visitors of hazardous conditions that were known to cause the TBI on a roller coaster. Specifically, it claims Universal did not provide adequate head restraints, which could have mitigated the risks associated with the ride.

As a result of the incident, Geriann Clem reportedly sustained severe personal injuries, including physical disability, and a diminished capacity for enjoying life. The lawsuit seeks compensation not only for these injuries but also for ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, and lost wages. When approached for comment, a spokesperson for Universal Orlando declined, citing the company’s policy of refraining from discussing pending litigation.

The legal action underscores the importance of safety measures and the duty of theme parks to ensure the well-being of their guests, prompting scrutiny override design and maintenance protocols.

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