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[KHTS] – Two Ninja riders who suffered head injuries when the coaster derailed on Monday filed a lawsuit Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.

Jeremy Ead and Olivia Feldman are seeking unspecified damages after suffering “direct trauma,” according to attorney Barry Novack.

ninjaride“They owe the highest degree of care to its passengers,” Novack said. “You don’t build it going through trees.”Novack questioned why Ninja, which opened more than 25 years ago, was built around the “wilderness,” referring to the trees that weave in and out of the approximately 2,700 foot long ride.

Ead and Feldman are seeking reimbursement of medical expenses, past and future; loss of earnings, past and future; and emotional distress. A dollar amount was not specified in the lawsuit.

A report by the California Department of Industrial Relations was expected to be released with an analysis of the crash.

Twenty-two passengers, including four who suffered injuries, had to be rescued by firefighters over the course of about two hours on Monday as they dangled about 40 feet above ground.

“The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution, the ride will remain closed until a thorough inspection of the area is complete,” park officials said in a statement following the derailment.

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114 Comments

  1. Sonya Rowin Sonya Rowin says:

    That didn’t take long…

  2. What? Someone is suing? #shocker

  3. of course they’re suing .. every opportunity they get, people are so hungry for money!

  4. Oh please. You all know you’d do the exact same thing. Be real people.

  5. Too Funny!!! It actually took them 4 days?!
    What a joke.

  6. Say it isn’t so! Shocker!

  7. I’m surprised that people weren’t on the phone with lawyers while waiting to be rescued. Lol

  8. Um hi I would sue, too!

  9. Future loss of earning? As if they would ever hold a real job. Opportunists.

  10. You get on a coaster knowing the possibilities!!! Lame!

    • Lee Morrell Lee Morrell says:

      So you get on a coaster knowing that you could get concussed by poor maintenance in the park? Really? Remind me to never go anywhere you’d go. This isn’t an accident caused by anything other than negligence…

      Oh, and I guarantee you this will go away long before it goes to court…see, MM knows they are wrong and will be paying heavily to make this be forgotten quickly.

    • I live in SCV and I use to work at Magic… So yea I get on their coasters knowing something can go wrong! I get on any coaster knowing something can go wrong! Who doesn’t?!? This isn’t the first time one of Magics coasters messed up and hurt someone! These people should count their lucky stars that they made it out alive!

  11. Ryan Connor Ryan Connor says:

    Michelle Lombardoz Beardsley

  12. Some people get to retire or get school paid for courtesy of six flags

  13. Mike Anderson says:

    Do we really think this lawyer cares about his clients!
    Wilderness really!! The continental devide is right next to the Revolution. Enjoy your 33 1/3 scumbag!

  14. Jen Gilmore Jen Gilmore says:

    Lol Jennifer, struggle??!! My ass!!!!

  15. Dave Hilton Dave Hilton says:

    Freeloaders to begin with, Im sure.

  16. Jennifer Rashid Magic Mountain is the biggest money spinner in the Premier Parks group. It is not in danger of closing.

  17. Lee says:

    I’m betting Six Flags was wishing it was all of you on their ride instead of the people who were there…clearly you Judgy Judgersons wouldn’t sue.

  18. Lee Morrell Lee Morrell says:

    I’m betting Six Flags was wishing it was all of you on their ride instead of the people who were there…clearly you Judgy Judgersons wouldn’t sue.

  19. Ed Gilmore Ed Gilmore says:

    What took them so long?

  20. Ridiculous !! The crooked attorneys were probably waiting in the parking lot for them.

  21. Wyld Blu Wyld Blu says:

    Oh you funny holier than thou people. Are you seriously saying that if you were on this ride and it derailed, and you were injured..YOU wouldn’t sue???? Yeah ya would. We ALL would.

  22. Actually, if you’re injured you should contact an attorney immediately. They will get patients in quickly to treat their injuries after they have been to the ER. The sooner the treatment, the better it is for the patient.

  23. I would’ve been calling my lawyer while dangling in midair!

  24. Jen Gilmore Jen Gilmore says:

    And Lee, you can’t control nature. If it was a tree branch, and that track area is a serious forest of many years, there is no way to tell a dead branch about is about to break. Ever been in an earthquake,hurricane, wind storm, tornado, heavy rain , 50 mph winds… Um yeah…

    • Actually, there are ways to tell that a tree is unhealthy. If the park built the coaster around trees for theming purposes, it was also their responsibility to maintain the trees specifically in that area.

    • Actually, there are ways to tell that a tree is unhealthy. If the park built the coaster around trees for theming purposes, it was also their responsibility to maintain the trees specifically in that area.

  25. Gotta love it!! Let’s sue because money will cure the injuries. Silly people!!

  26. Jen Gilmore Jen Gilmore says:

    And I worked there for 6 years, it isn’t dangerous. If you think it is, stop paying $60 to get in and ride their 20 awesome coasters that ppl do everyday.

  27. Ben Stroba Ben Stroba says:

    Stupid just stupid.you enter the park at your own risk

  28. Jen Gilmore Jen Gilmore says:

    Lol! They can’t build homes on that property!! Its an epa disaster.

  29. Jen Gilmore Jen Gilmore says:

    I like how Disney has had more negligent accidents.

  30. You know Six Flags gave all of them some kinda nice perk for being stuck for 3 hours. Just take it and shut up.

  31. A.Tree.Fell! How is that the fault of the park? That’s what you call an accident!

  32. Are they the ones who were smiling, laughing, and waving to the news helicopter cameras?

  33. Does anyone know the extent of their injuries?? Imagine if it were your family member and they were truly injured. They
    Were told a branch fell and no one took the time to investigate.

    • I have a friend who was working the ER that night and said the worst of the injuries was a tiny abrasion above someone’s eye and someone complaining of knee pain. After examining the knee the person walked out with an ace bandage.

    • Then it is sad that they are suing. When people file frivolous lawsuits it makes it so much more difficulty for people that have true injuries. My husband has a catastrophic work related brain injury, there is no question he was injured and we are still fighting after 11 years for compensation. He will never work again.

  34. Jen Gilmore Jen Gilmore says:

    A tree branch did fall. My ex co worker sent me a pic.

  35. Lisa Dixon Lisa Dixon says:

    Of course they filed a lawsuit , everyone is after the easy payday!!

  36. Chris Brunelle you know what they gave them was most likely a front of the ride voucher for one ride and a free meal next time they visit the park…..

  37. Chris Brunelle you know what they gave them was most likely a front of the ride voucher for one ride and a free meal next time they visit the park…..

  38. Rubeezy Navarro that’s what they gave me when I got stuck for 10 minutes on the turn on Goliath. I can’t imagine they did the same for these people who wasted their day.

  39. Rubeezy Navarro that’s what they gave me when I got stuck for 10 minutes on the turn on Goliath. I can’t imagine they did the same for these people who wasted their day.

  40. Chris Brunelle you’re right, they probably threw in a souvenir bottle and an old churro.

  41. Chris Brunelle you’re right, they probably threw in a souvenir bottle and an old churro.

  42. Of course they did…quick dirty money…gee

  43. Of course they did…quick dirty money…gee

  44. I understand asking for medical cost reimbursement, and lost wages if the injuries kept them out of work for a bit. But “emotional distress”? That’s the shady part.

  45. I understand asking for medical cost reimbursement, and lost wages if the injuries kept them out of work for a bit. But “emotional distress”? That’s the shady part.

  46. Some people do suffer emotionally from traumatic experiences – especially when they think they are about to die. Ever hear of PTSD? It hits more than just military personnel.

  47. Jen Gilmore I agree with you and you make some good points. There is so much drama over ninja when disney has bigger accidents like California screamin crashing and big thunder

  48. That’s why this Momma here don’t do Coasters!!! Went on one once , and that my friends was the last time!

  49. Why so much animosity towards them? You get on a roller coaster knowing that something could go wrong, of course, but you also should be able to get on feeling confident that the theme park was doing it’s part in maintenance on and around the ride.

  50. Lee Morrell It was not negligence. A tree fell on the track. It had nothing to do with maintenance. Read what happened before Your open mouth. Are they liable sure maybe. And no! people don’t go on rides knowing there may be a danger. That’s why we get on the rides. Our safety is in there hands.that’s why they get paid.

  51. Sorry but your tickets are your waivers from injury. Should have read it before you bought it. Your attorneys a nimrod…..just sayin’

  52. The ride hit the branch and it’s still closed for investigation

  53. They can sue for pain and suffering. They were stuck for 3 hours, could have been very traumatic

  54. This is why I have not gone to MM in like 35 years. Too many accidents and deaths.

    • There hasn’t really been any serious accidents. And maybe 1 guest death since the park opened.

    • What?!?!?!?! Think you need to go back and check the history of Magic Mountain. They have quite a few deaths, (many times over the # of deaths Disney has ever had in its entire history). One year a couple were on their honeymoon and the roller coaster car they were in suddenly opened up and dropped them several stories to their deaths. Please check your facts before making statements. Oh and searching the internet only shows those deaths since the internet came to be in existence, it doesn’t cover those before Six Flags bought MM or the first 10-15 in business.

    • Don Goodman Don Goodman says:

      Martie, check YOUR facts as well….nobody “dies” at the happiest place on earth. (disneyland) ME,s will not “pronounce” a death on the park grounds, so technically nobody has ever died AT disneyland.

  55. So lame… This is why we get a bad reputation in the USA!!

  56. If they didn’t sue.. Who would pay the medical bills?

  57. Negligence on Six Flags part.

  58. Ugh! ride at your own risk!!!

  59. Jeff Johnson Jeff Johnson says:

    I just hope that none of you know it alls fall of of your pedestals or high horses and get injured.

  60. kathy says:

    What is truly sad about this stupid story is when we have a NEWS story that truly effects our quality of life in this so called embarrassing coined nick named community of “awesome town” there are no comments and yet this waste of time story gets 88 no wait 89 comments including mine. I guess I will not get this 2 minutes of wasted time back.

  61. so cal guy says:

    If you were to look at the number of times that coaster operates per day and how many people ride that coaster each day and multiply it for the year and so on, you will see that MM has a great reputation for their safety. Problem is, everyone looks at each “bad” incident rather that all the times nobody did get hurt. This will settle out of court, the attorney will get a nice percentage of the settlement and the injured will pay thier bills and laugh their way to the bank with whatever is left with their ace bandage tightly wrapped around their knee. As far as the tree, look up summer / sudden branch drop as well as “force majeure”…MM has probably hired an arborist to inspect the tree and will evaluate the tree for removal if needed.

  62. I’ve worked on several litigation cases with severe injuries suffered on the Ninja ride. The records are readily available to view at Superior Court, Chatsworth courthouse or via their online case search. I seem to recall Cal-OSHA records as well

  63. I’m sure they have lots of money and lots of lawyers since this isn’t the first injury/death there.

  64. I don’t understand why they seek medical expenses ‘PAST and future” So Six Flags is responsible for their ear infection from last year????

  65. My son works there and was there when it happened, working at the ride next door. All the ride’s safety features worked exactly like they should have, otherwise that ride would have derailed completely! They should thank Magic Mountain for investing in making sure these rides are safe in case things like this happen!

  66. I would do the same knowing that my life was at risk..

  67. Keriyana soooo you still wanna go?

  68. Keriyana soooo you still wanna go?

  69. Yes i would. That ride is hold. Ive almost died on dejavu Shivneel Nand

  70. Yes i would. That ride is hold. Ive almost died on dejavu Shivneel Nand

  71. Keriyana well than I guess we will

  72. Keriyana well than I guess we will

  73. msc545 says:

    Yes, they are suing, and they should be. They had every right, as do all of us, to expect Six Flags to maintain its rides in a safe condition, and that includes making sure that trees near the rides are not so close that they can fall on the rides, or not diseased so that they topple over. Perhaps Six Flags will learn something from this.

  74. daniel says:

    My family and I took a vacation and visited sixflags on May 20th of this year. My wife was hit and injured by a tree that fell on her not just a branch but a whole tree. She was was knocked out and pinned between the tree and the table she was sitting on, she broke two vertabres in her back, there was no wind it just toppled over. Sixflags is very resposible for these two incidents in the last few months. We are from El Paso, Texas

  75. daniel says:

    I bet OSHA or the organization investigating the ride derailment dont even know about my wifes incident there!!

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