A 19-year-old young woman in the U.
K. says her life has been ruined after her legs were crushed during an amusement park ride.
Watch the young woman whose legs were crushed during an amusement park ride
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Leah Napolitano was riding in the front of the log flume ride at Thorpe Park five years ago.
Leah said that the operators overfilled the vessel due to which her legs were crushed under the weight of her family.
She was pulled from the amusement park ride and the was left with lasting nerve damage, soft tissue damage, and long-term hypersensitivity.
She received about $26,000 from Thorpe Park’s insurance company for the accident but she says the accident has ruined her life.
Leah told SWNS: “The pain is life-changing. It’s a stupid injury that has ruined my teenage years. It has left me absolutely devastated and still affects my life now.”
“My legs were completely trapped.
I couldn’t move them for the whole way round.I got to the end and couldn’t get out. The boat was still moving and a staff member tried to yank me out I was completely trapped under the metal bar at the front. ”
Leah, who missed her school and still suffers from depression, said she was in pain after getting out of the ride and saw swelling in her knee.
A few days later, she visited a doctor who referred her to therapists. She had to miss her classes and she says she still goes for electric shock treatment every nine months to heal the nerve damage.
“I haven’t reached my potential because of this. I would swap [the money] to get the last few years of my life back without a doubt. It has left me devastated and still affects me now”, she said.
However, a spokesperson for the park told SWNS that her claim was “analyzed by the company’s insurers, and after thorough consideration of the evidence submitted, an offer of compensation was made to Ms. Napolitano, which she accepted as full and final settlement.”
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