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Injured circus acrobats plan lawsuit over accident

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By The Associated Press 
BOSTON (AP) _ Lawyers for seven of the eight circus acrobats injured during a hair-hanging stunt say they plan to file a lawsuit after they conclude an investigation into what happened.
Four of the acrobats spoke Tuesday at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
Dayana Costa of Brazil, who was wearing a neck brace, had pins in her arms and was in a motorized chair. She said her recovery was difficult and painful.        

"I believe the sa,e God that saved me and my friends life is the same God that is gonna give our victory," said Costa.

Viktoriya Medeiros, who with her husband was the leader of the troupe, said they all were terribly injured. She wore a neck brace and was in a wheelchair.
"We are lucky ti be alive.  We are learning to walk again to use our arms, hands and necks, hours nd hours of daily physical therapies," said Medeiros.

"It's something we never dreamed of, now we are having nightmares," said Svitlana Balanicheva.

Their lawyers say it's too early to tell exactly who they would sue, but that they could include the maker of a carabiner clip that investigators said snapped, sending the acrobats plummeting three stories to the floor. 

"They want us to find the root cause of what made this happen because a lot of circus performers are suspended in the air and they want no stone unturned to find out what made this happen," said attorney Michael Krzak.

No lawsuit can be filed until the OSHA investigation is complete.   OSHA officials say there is no timeline on when they will be finished. 

Feld Entertainment which runs the circus released this statement:

"Everyone at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey continues to hold our performers in their thoughts and prayers. We wish them and their families a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming them all back to The Greatest Show On Earth."

The victims are still covered under the company's health insurance plan.

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