The alternative is to allow companies to screw their customers whenever they please. I sure don't like that alternative.
Now, having said that, in my experience, parks are usually very willing to compensate people for minor accidents, with free tickets, free on-site medical care and initial hospital bills paid. Things sometimes get nasty with major incidents, where people and parks fight over the compensation for deaths and long-term injuries. But even then, parks usually settle.
Sure if a major accident occurs like the young woman that lost her legs a few years ago, then they should be paid for life. But there are so many “I’ll Sue you” folks in the world. I just wonder how big there eyes or wallets get in a case like this…. There are always many fakers that take advantage of the situation. I guess if it’s a minor accident than I could not ever sue a person. My BIL had a minor accident and all was fine until about two weeks after they saw the very good insurance company he had and now there are all sorts of – I can’t work, ohhhh the pain I am in….
The only real way that I can see this could have happened is that the chain dog on that particular car malfunctioned somehow. The lift malfunctioned, and then either the bolt gave way, or the dog itself was too worn to do it's job. Maybe the teeth tray on the track shifted somehow. I'm not a maintenance guy though, so all I can do is speculate. The Wildcat cars are all single cars with four seats, so it may have been an oversight. I can't see it being sheer negligence. Cedar Point has always been pretty strict on rider safety. I'm sure that it extends to maintenance on the coasters too.
I hope that this isn't the end for the Wildcat. It's a pretty old coaster, but it's surprisingly fun.
Maverick also got stuck upside down in testing on Thursday morning. Took them all day to wench it through.