MISSOULA — A settlement agreement reached between Missoula County and three other parties following a 2018 accident at the Western Montana Fair ends all claims of one party against another, the county said.
Deputy County Attorney John Hart said the mutual settlement agreement and release followed a lawsuit settled in early September when the parents of an 11-year-old girl filed a lawsuit against the county and others accused after their child fell from a fun. park ride.
“Each entity, including Missoula County, is releasing any claims they may have against each other,” Hart said. “There has been a lot of finger pointing during a dispute between the carnival operator, the carnival ride manufacturer and the company that carried out the carnival ride inspections. claims against Missoula County, this document will protect us in the future.
In August 2018, emergency personnel responded to reports of an injured girl at the county fairgrounds just before 7 p.m. The girl had fallen from a carnival ride dubbed the Typhoon and was taken to hospital.
The carousel was then stopped. The next day, a county spokesperson cited police reports suggesting the girl was in serious condition.
After the crash, Michael Pfaff and Tabitha Manyhides filed a lawsuit naming North Star Amusement and Missoula County as defendants and sought compensation for injuries, damages, and other losses suffered by the child.
North Star then filed a third-party complaint against LJM – a Florida-based ride inspection company – and ARM USA, the company that made the Typhoon. The mutual settlement agreement signed by the county releases the four parties from any further claims.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, including contributions from North Star, LJM and ARM, which the agreement “deems confidential”.
“I think it ended well,” said commissioner Josh Slotnick, who participated in the settlement agreement.