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Hayride victim injured and paralyzed

More details on the story of an Ann Arbor woman who claims she was injured in a hayride covered in an earlier post have been released. The woman now claims that the workplace accident left her paralyzed and blames the hayride's operators for using faulty equipment, also citing unsafe conditions at the market where the injury occurred.

The woman was injured after she was pulled from the cart after a horse tripped at the bottom of a steep hill. After hitting the ground, the woman was run over the wagon and broke several vertebrae.

The woman issued a statement through her attorney in which she claimed she broke her spine in the accident, and said she will likely suffer permanent paralysis from the waist down as a result. She said that the horses pulling the wagon were inexperienced and did not react properly to the steep hill on which she fell. She went on to say the owners of the market were negligent for including such a steep hill on the hayride course, and said her seat dislodged itself as the cart made its way down the hill. She also claimed the owners of the market provided her with mismatched reins that inhibited her ability to stabilizer herself and prevent the accident.

The market owner countered the woman's accusation, claiming that his equipment was safe and adding that the hayride had used the course for the previous decade with only one other injury ever occurring. He also said that the horses used on the ride were not inexperienced, having been used by the business for at least four years. One employee said she steered the same horses on the course for three years without incident.

Source: AnnArbor.com "Jenny's Market employee says she's paralyzed as a result of hayride accident," Cindy Heflin, Nov. 1, 2011

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