MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Two women from New York filed a lawsuit after breaking several bones on a slide at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.
Ally Mulcahy and Jillian McGovern filed the lawsuit against the ride’s manufacturer, Broadway at the Beach, Burroughs and Chapin, and other parties on Thursday, according to the lawsuit.
Mulcahy and McGovern were in Myrtle Beach area on the weekend of April 29, 2017 for a friend’s wedding, the lawsuit says. Following the wedding, the two women went to Broadway at the Beach. In the early morning hours of April 30, 2017, both women walked back to their hotel, passing Pavilion Park Central, which was closed.
“Even though it was closed, the plaintiffs were easily able to move the unsecured gate at the entrance to the Pipeline Slide and climb the stairs to the top of the slide,” claims the lawsuit. “Without any employees present to instruct them, the plaintiffs were not aware that they needed to have the slide sprayed with water, nor did they know that they needed a burlap sack to safely go down the side.”
“Without these safety precautions, the plaintiffs slid down the slide at a very high velocity, colliding with the metal barrier at the bottom of the slide,” the lawsuit also claims. “As a result of the collision, both plaintiffs sustained significant injuries.”
Both women reportedly went to Grand Strand Medical Center on April 30, 2017, where they “received medical attention to stabilize their injuries,” says the lawsuit. “They returned home and followed up with providers in New York for full treatment of their injuries.”
Mulcahy “sustained a broken right ankle, broken left ankle and multiple fractures to her left tibia, which has required surgeries and therapy to repair,” while McGovern “sustained a broken tibia, shattered knee plate and two broken ankles.”
“Both have had an extended recovery period due to their significant injuries and surgeries required to repair the injuries. They have also had to take significant time off work,” the lawsuit adds. “Neither plaintiff has fully recovered from her injuries. They were both independent, successful young adults, who have had to take extended time off from work for treatment of their injuries.”
“The defendants failed to secure Pipeline Slide, knowing that patrons of Broadway at the Beach would be passing through and have open access to Pavilion Park at all hours of the day,” the lawsuit further claims. “In the manufacture and design of the slide, BN failed to install proper safety equipment to secure the Pipeline Slide when not in use.”
The women are asking for “actual, consequential and special damages, for an award of punitive damages, for costs and attorneys’ fees and for such other and further relief as this court deems just and proper.”