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I'm sorry that you have received such a painful injury. YES you can sue the Go Cart operator for their negligence in not properly maintaining the go cart and for allowing you to operate one which was defective to operate without the muffler guard.
This is a fairly straight forward personal injury law suit. The attorneys who do this work generally take these cases on a contingency basis. This means you do not pay attorneys fees unless you receive an award or a settlement. Also you should know that these operations are usually required to maintain insurance to cover these kinds of situations. So typically you are looking at a settlement.
Please note that most of the insurance companies take unrepresented persons less seriously than they do represented persons. I know that does not seem fair but it just is that way. So it is a good idea to obtain a personal injury attorney to help you with this.
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