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Alton Towers faces multimillion legal bill

10th June 2015

Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers themepark

Following a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers that has left one victim, 17-year-old Leah Washington, with an amputated leg and three others with serious injuries, Merlin Entertainments, the owner of the theme park, is preparing to pay out a seven-figure sum in damages.

The pay-outs are due to go to 16 individuals who were riding the Smiler ride at Alton Towers last week, with Miss Washington expected to receive at least £1 million. The predicted figures come from Daniel Marks, who holds a legal partner job at London firm Harbottle & Lewis and said of the incident, as reported here, “You are definitely talking about multimillion-pound claims for people who can’t walk any more.”

As Merlin Entertainments are working to ensure that the victims receive compensation as quickly as possible, Washington has received further support in the form of a social media campaign under the hashtag #Get1DToLeah. Washington was meant to see One Direction at Capital’s Summertime Ball at the weekend, but instead had to undergo surgery. Friends and fans have been using the hashtag hoping that the band will help out. One Direction have since sent a video message to Washington and shown their support.

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