Acrobats reach settlement in 2014 Providence circus stunt collapse

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The eight acrobats injured in a fall that sent them hurtling to the floor of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, have reached a $52.5-million settlement with the company that manages the center and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority. 

“It’s fair to say that there are catastrophic injuries to almost all of them,” said Zachary M. Mandell, who is the lead lawyer representing the acrobats. He declined to be more specific about aerialists’ condition, other than to say that some of the women have been left unable to work.

The settlement was mediated and came after 20 experts were deposed, Mandell said. The settlement will be paid by insurers, he said.

Superior Court Judge Brian Van Couyghen presided over the case.

The acrobats sued SMG, the Pennsylvania-based company that oversees the center and RICCA, which owns the center, in 2016 for their roles in the fall.

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