Acrobats injured in circus crash plan lawsuit after investigation

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June 17, 2014, 3:03 pm
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A law firm representing seven of the eight acrobats hurt during a circus performance of Providence, Rhode Island will file a lawsuit in the accident.

Four of the acrobats hurt during a circus performance in Providence, Rhode Island addressed the public at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston Tuesday.

The entertainers, who fell to the floor while performing the "human chandelier" stunt on May 4, hired Chicago-based Clifford Law Offices, the firm announced Monday.

"We're actively investigating the facts and circumstances of this incident, and after we finish our investigation, we'll be filing a lawsuit on behalf of these girls for any and all responsible parties to make sure they're held accountable for the accidents which left these young ladies so terribly injured," said Michael S. Krzak of Clifford Law Offices.

The firm said that its investigation was being made more difficult by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's investigation.

"Unfortunately, our investigation is somewhat hindered by OSHA," said Thomas K. Prindable of Clifford Law Office. "We do not have access to instruments and other items that were taken by OSHA until they finish their investigation."

The accident took place during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance.

 The firm has not filed a lawsuit yet, but says it does plan to conduct an in-depth investigation into who may be responsible for the accident.

"The first thing they said to me was, 'We want to stay together as a family. We want to stay together as a unit. We want to recover together," said Prindable.

"We would like to thank Clifford Law Office of Chicago," said injured acrobat Viktoriya Medeiros Tuesday. "We are confident that they will get us the answers we need and we want."

Two of the acrobats are recovering from spinal cord injuries, and doctors say they don't know if they'll ever be able to walk again.

"I want to thank you for the amazing doctors and [nurses] in Rhode Island, and also here in Spaulding," said Dayanna Costa, also injured. "Every day is very hard ... I am so thankful for my sister and my brother-in-law and my husband."

Investigators believe a broken carabiner is to blame for the accident.

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Tags: Boston, rhode island, Providence, massachusetts, Ringling Bros., ringling brothers, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, circus accident, circus crash, human chandelier
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