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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Wake of Houston Rollercoaster Accident

Ray Cammack Shows and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo carnival may have been permitted to return to business as usual in the wake of this week’s deadly rollercoaster accident.

Except Houston Injury Lawyer Joe Stephens encouraged a client to file a complaint two years ago about the exact same coaster — very possibly the exact same car — after a near-fatal accident involving her and her daughter. While the investigation continues, we hope it does not turn out that this man’s life could have been saved had state inspectors and ride operators taken the complaint more seriously.

Brian Greenhouse, 47, plummeted 30 feet to his death while riding in the first car of the Hi-Miler roller coaster. Houston Accident Attorney Joe Stephens assisted a client in filing a complaint with the Texas Department of Insurance in 2009 after the restrain system failed while she was riding with her daughter in the first car of the same rollercoaster.

-The Houston Chronicle reports the ride operator reported the man was “limp in the air” as he fell; mathematics and the laws of physics say it takes less than 1.5 seconds for a person to fall 30 feet.

-Following the complaint in 2009, the ride operator gave the car a cursory inspection before allowing the ride to continue operating, according to an ABC13 report. The complaint to the Texas Department of Insurance reportedly did nothing but generate another inspection by the ride company.

ABC 13 News reported the ride company denied any previous history of complaints regarding the restraints, despite the documented history with the state.

-And even this week’s paperwork filed by the company with the state gives no indication that anyone died, mentioning only the possibility of preexisting or internal injuries.

Lawyers for the Greenhouse family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo carnival and Ray Cammack Shows on behalf of the victim’s 6-year-old son and his parents. The lawsuit claims the companies were negligent in events that led to Greenhouse’s death. The incident was a tragic end to the three-week Houston rodeo; Ray Cammack Shows has run the carnival for 12 years.

The ride was last inspected in October. The incident is now being investigated by Houston homicide detectives. Anyone with information is asked to call HPD at 713-308-3600.

Houston Injury Attorney Joe Stephens has nearly three decades of experience representing personal injury and wrongful death cases. A Personal Injury Trial Law Specialist through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993, Attorney Stephens has won multiple verdicts over $1 million and is a Million Dollar Advocates Member. Call 713.224.0000 for a free consultation.

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