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Injured hair-hanging circus acrobats hire law firm


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Seven of the eight hair-hanging circus acrobats who fell to the ground during a "human chandelier" stunt in Rhode Island last month have hired a Chicago-based law firm to represent them.

Clifford Law Offices said Monday that the women injured during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance are not yet filing a lawsuit. But it says it is conducting an in-depth investigation into all the possible entities that may be responsible for the accident.

The law firm says some of the injured acrobats will speak at a news conference Tuesday in Boston.

Two of the women have spinal cord injuries, and it's not known if they'll walk again.

Federal workplace safety investigators are still probing the accident.

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bhes98 June 16 2014 at 2:39 PM

Shut the circus down. Between animal abuse and this, hope the tent folds for good!

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Lilly June 16 2014 at 3:24 PM

They have always refused a NET. They should be responsible for their own unrealistic and acts that are unsafe. This whole circus thing needs to be shut down. Circuses' abuse animals. Keep them locked in cages, chained, they get no exercise, een in the off months and yet the laws for animal cruelty do not extend to them. When they are placed in rescues their feet and paws are so damaged so have never seen grass or have cage markings embedded in them. This ought to bring circus entertainment to the attention of major law makers. NETS for sure.

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BUSHWACKED Lilly June 16 2014 at 3:30 PM

But Conservatives say we have too many laws that hold back employers and too many protecting animals !

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sexyfemalewomanmarlene BUSHWACKED June 16 2014 at 4:28 PM

BUSHWACKED, please explain the meaning of too many laws; perhaps you are saying, "Due to animal laws employers that abuse animals cannot hire employees that abuse animals." If you or someone you know has a pet you realize they are much like us. Their treatment causes "PHYSIOLOGICAL 'PAIN'. Perhaps you would like to endure, for one day, being chained (a heavy chain) poked with spikes, made to perform by doing things that is unnatural to YOUR body. Some animals sleep while standing but that would be unnatural for you. Try allowing (for yourself) what they endure their whole life; physical pain, hunger, thirst, loneliness, stress, miss their family, so much more. Employers that abuse animals is like abusing children; they cannot protect themselves and I know if, as a child, you were treated like these animals you would pray someone would help you

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italianknight78 BUSHWACKED June 16 2014 at 6:59 PM

And libtards make all kinds of laws they never enforce and break laws as they see fit to surpress conservatives.

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sexyfemalewomanmarlene Lilly June 16 2014 at 4:35 PM

I agree with you; they know the hazards and accept this job. I am sorry for them and their families that this happened. I have seen video of how even race horses are treated. A family member had a race horse and finally sold it said she, as a small time horse owner cannot trust anyone. Your jokey may do things to your animal, the vet may stuff the nostrils of your horses' nose so it cannot breath; give it a shot to make it drowsy so the big time owners will have a better advantage and I know she did not want her horse to be abused

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italianknight78 sexyfemalewomanmarlene June 16 2014 at 7:01 PM

So she sold it to someone who would??

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mers48 June 16 2014 at 2:49 PM

why would they even think of hanging by their hair in the first place? How stupid of them!

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sexyfemalewomanmarlene June 16 2014 at 4:39 PM

Hey Tammy; no....once caring people see an animal in a circus they do not go again. I took my whole family and once we saw an animal come out to perform none of us has gone again. People can decide for themselves what they want to do and are

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maxxxenem7771 sexyfemalewomanmarlene June 16 2014 at 8:29 PM

you bleeding heart misdirected clown

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gigi1105 June 16 2014 at 3:12 PM

if they had real jobs this would never have happened

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charpist5 June 16 2014 at 6:48 PM

Let's see. You are an adult. You choose to do incredibly dangerous and stupid stuff for a living. You get hurt. You hire attorneys. Yeah, THAT makes sense.

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jcbigg charpist5 June 16 2014 at 8:55 PM

Charpist, let's see, you only read half the info and think you're saying something that makes sense. If the scaffolding breaks while construction workers are on it, is it their fault? I can think of many other examples, maybe you should just try thinking?

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Linda charpist5 June 17 2014 at 6:58 AM

It makes a lot of sense. Not to you maybe. Most jobs are dangerous and not everyone sits on their rearend in an office all day long either so yeah......stuff happens. Even as an adult accidents do happen. One has insurance for a reason..to protect themselves. You hire an attorney when a piece of equipment goes bad causing your injuries. It makes sense. Lots of people do have dangerous jobs so even if they have insurance if they get hurt due to someone else or something like equipment failure and it causes such bad injuries like spinal cord injuries you do hire an attorney. I broke my back years ago, herniated discs.....it changes your life forever. So unless you been there done that you should not be judging others like you are.

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moozzie June 16 2014 at 2:41 PM

They might not, if they are engaged in this type of occupation, insurance companies will not touch them with a ten foot pole.

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goodgrief61945 moozzie June 16 2014 at 5:10 PM

Loyd's will insure anyone and anything.

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plgc1964 June 16 2014 at 6:32 PM

This is an example of the problems of today. "I" am going to CHOOSE to hang by my hair for a living, be suspended up in the air and twirled around and around and around with the hopes that my scalp doesn't rip from my skull. And if "I" should fall.....it's YOUR FAULT..SO PAY UP! Absolutely rediculous!!!!

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Linda plgc1964 June 17 2014 at 6:53 AM

They fell because of a piece of equipment breaking. Nothing they did on purpose to cause their accident. So, with that said it is called an ACCIDENT and accidents DO happen. If you are at work and something happens to you even though you knew something might happen it would not stop you from working. You would just hope nothing ever did happen. Accidents are accidents for a reason...nobody plans for an accident to happen but if a piece of equipment fails you got an accident.

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jem9848 June 16 2014 at 2:34 PM

One would think that these people had lots of insurance$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Double DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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jefferypsegall June 17 2014 at 10:33 AM

If you're going to be having your hair pulled, I hope you're giving somebody more pleasure than a circus!!!

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