Family of teen killed at State Fair to file wrongful death suit

Any unexpected death from an accident is heartbreaking, but it seems particularly tragic when the life cut short is a young one. That is what happened to Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old high-school student who was killed at the Ohio State Fair while on a popular ride.

The bizarre, terrifying incident occurred on July 26, when the teen and his girlfriend were riding the Fire Ball—a carnival ride shaped like a giant pendulum that swings riders in a circle at great heights. The ride, allegedly damaged due to excessive corrosion, malfunctioned and a row of seats was thrown against a metal support beam. Seven other passengers were injured. Tyler did not survive; he had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps just five days before his death.

Since then, the teenager’s family has faced grief, pain, and suffering following the fatal accident. They have also retained the services of an attorney and have stated that they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Currently they are working with investigators as well as the State of Ohio and the City of Columbus to investigate the incident. Tyler’s mother says that she hopes to effect change in order to prevent a similar tragedy.

A wrongful death suit can be a form of legal recourse for families who have lost a loved one to a tragic accident. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, it is possible for a family to bring a lawsuit against the party liable for a beloved family member’s death. A wrongful death lawsuit is a possible way to receive not only monetary compensation for a loved one’s death, but also justice, vindication, and a sense of closure.

If you have a friend, family member, or loved one who was killed in an accident, you can contact the Cleveland office of Michael B. Pasternak, Attorney at Law, for more information on filing a wrongful death suit.

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