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Cirque du Soleil acrobat killed in on-the-job accident

Michigan area fans of Cirque du Soleil may have heard about a tragic accident that took place during one of the company's recent productions. A Cirque du Soleil acrobat died after falling during a stunt at a performance of "Ka" in Las  Vegas last weekend.

The 31-year-old performer apparently lost her grip while she was hanging very high above the stage at the MGM Hotel.

A recent news report states that this is not the first fatal workplace accident for  the Cirque du Soleil. Several years ago, a 24-year-old performer died after suffering a head injury from a fall at one of the company's training facilities.

Just last week at a different Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas a performer fell and was taken off stage in a wheelchair. That performer is expected to make a recovery.

According to the Los Angeles Times news report, acrobats with Cirque du Soleil often perform their stunts with little to no safety equipment. And, back in 2006, a performer sued the company after suffering injuries in rehearsals.

When people are injured on the job here in Michigan, it typically is not possible to sue their employers. This is because employers in Michigan are required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance, which should cover medical expenses and other damages when workers are hurt in workplace accidents. In certain cases, like when a party other than one's employer is responsible for causing the accident, a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate.

After any workplace accident here in Michigan, it may be beneficial to seek legal counsel to learn how to obtain compensation for medical expenses and related costs.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Cirque du Soleil mishaps are infrequent but not unheard of," David Ng, July 1, 2013

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