Country music legend Dolly Parton has found herself in hot water this week as her theme park Dollywood is being sued by a mother of two claims to have suffered a spinal injury on one of the rides.
Fox News retorted that a husband and wife have filed the lawsuit against Dollywood over injuries they say the wife suffered while riding the RiverRush Water Coaster at Dollywood Splash Country last summer. The couple had brought their two daughters to the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee theme park, but they say their day of fun quickly took a bad turn.
In court documents, the couple alleged that they followed Dollywood Splash Country staff instructions while boarding the water ride, but as the raft reached the apex of its ascent, the wife was “propelled off the seat and she then fell down into the raft striking her spine on the hard surface.” She said in the filing that she heard something pop then felt a burning sensation. The wife claims that she had no feeling in her legs and was unable to move them at the end of the ride, and that she suffered a compression fracture and other spinal injuries.
The couple are asking for over $2 million, claiming the park was negligent and failed to properly warn patrons about the dangers of the ride.
“We are aware of the allegations listed in the suit but do not comment on pending litigation,” Dollywood said in a statement when asked to comment.
This isn’t the first time Dollywood has been sued by a couple. Back in 2014, Tedi and Derryl Brown sued the theme park claiming that the wife suffered permanent brain injury after falling from a ride called the Waltzing Swinger. Dollywood fired back by claiming that the wife had jumped out before the ride ended, and both sides agreed to mediation.
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