Injured Circus Performers Plan To File Lawsuit

Jun 18, 2014

Four of the eight acrobats injured in a hair-hanging circus accident are filing a lawsuit.  They’re all still dealing with injuries and some may never walk again.

Circus trucks parked outside the Dunkin' Donuts center following the accident in May.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The acrobats were injured in early May at the Dunkin’ Donuts center in Providence after the apparatus they were hanging from fell some twenty feet to the floor. At a press conference at Spaulding Rehabilitation center in Boston, four of the eight women spoke about the incident. Julissa Segrara a twenty year-old performer, said she once dreamed of being a star performer; now she just hopes to walk again. The group did not detail their injuries, but between them have undergone some two-dozen surgeries.

They are now pursuing a lawsuit, but lawyers did not say who would be the focus.  They did not rule out the company that made a clip to which the women were attached or the venue. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA is ongoing.

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