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Do helmets really help to prevent children and teens from sustaining serious and life-threatening traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)? According to a recent report from Fox 5 San Diego, a teen athlete at Torrey Pines High School recently shared how wearing a helmet while skateboarding could have changed his life by preventing the severe head trauma he sustained.4388608397_ebb4de8f49

Head Injury Left Teen in Coma, Required Multiple Surgeries

Brian Applegate, a 17-year-old former star athlete and water polo player in Southern California, was forced to “relearn everything after a skateboarding accident in May left him with a severe brain injury.” Indeed, Applegate “spent 5 weeks in a coma and underwent several surgeries.” Now that his life is no longer in danger, he “spends hours in daily rehabilitation, relearning everything from walking, to talking, to basics like catching a ball.” And he knows that his life-threatening injuries could have been prevented if he had only worn a helmet.

Brian and his family want to raise awareness about the important link between helmet use and brain injury prevention. As Brian explains, “you could die if you hit your head when you’re skateboarding.” As such, he emphasizes that “it’s just so important to remember” to wear a helmet. Brian’s mother hopes that other California families will hear the story about her son or listen to his words in order to prevent child injuries in the future. After all, her son’s injury simply “was avoidable,” as she articulates.

Although Brian is in the process of recovery, he isn’t living life like a normal San Diego-area teenagers. To be sure, his mother emphasizes that Brian has “a long road ahead” as he continues to make progress after sustaining the severe TBI that nearly took his life.

Required Helmet Use for Teens in California

California actually requires teens on skateboards, bicycles, and scooters to wear a helmet if they’re under the age of 18. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles and Section 21212 of the Vehicle Code:

  • “A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard, nor shall they wear in-line or roller skates, nor ride upon a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway . . . or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet . . . .”

The helmet law is intended to prevent precisely the type of injury that Brian sustained as a result of failing to wear protective gear. To be sure, a 2009 study from the Journal of Pediatrics reported that injury rates for children and teens are approximately 20 percent lower in states with helmet laws, suggesting that helmets really are an important preventive tool.

It’s important to impress upon our children that helmets can prevent serious brain injuries. Whether our kids are riding bicycles, playing contact sports, or using skateboards, helmets are an essential piece of protective equipment. If your child recently sustained a TBI, it’s important to contact an experienced San Diego brain injury attorney. You may be able to file a claim for compensation.

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Regardless of age, car accidents can cause serious and fatal injuries. Yet all auto accidents don’t produce the same level of damage or personal injuries. Indeed, some traffic collisions are more severe than others. However, when younger people sustain minor or moderate injuries in an auto crash, they tend to recover more quickly than older adults, according to a recent article in Science Daily. Given that information, it’s important to think carefully about the long-term injuries and problems the elderly can face after a car accident.Four Wheels In The Air, Plate 4

Measuring Quality of Life After a Traffic Collision

A recent study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine reported that “many seniors injured in motor vehicle crashes remain in pain for months afterwards, which negatively affects their quality of life, including the ability to live independently.” Indeed, according to Timothy Platts-Mills, MD, MSc, “the types of injuries that younger people recover from relatively quickly seem to put many seniors into a negative spiral of pain and disability.” Platts-Mills is the lead author of the study, and his academic home is in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Many seniors suffer injuries in car accidents, and Platts-Mills emphasizes the importance of analyzing their ability to recover after they’re involved in a collision. His research is particularly relevant given that America’s senior population is expected to double in the next twenty years.

Platts-Mills’ study looked at patients who required emergency room treatment for injuries they sustained in car crashes. At the time of the emergency room evaluation, about three-quarters of those in the study indicated they were experiencing “moderate to severe pain.” Six months later, more than one-quarter of those patients “were still reporting moderate to severe motor vehicle crash-related pain.”

And for those patients with persistent pain, nearly 75 percent of them “experienced a decline in their physical function,” while nearly 25 percent “experienced a change in living situation in order to obtain additional help.” In other words, car accident injuries can dramatically impact the daily lives—in the long term—of older adults who suffer moderate to severe injuries. Older adults who experienced lasting pain after a car accident were also “twice as likely to have visited the emergency department at some point during the 6 months after the motor vehicle crash.”

Preventing Car Accidents Among the Elderly

For Platts-Mills, learning about ways to identify patients who are likely to experience lasting pain upon a first emergency visit can allow physicians to begin therapies early on to deal with chronic pain. But in such cases, older adults still suffer significant pain from auto accident injuries. How can we prevent accidents from happening in the first place? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stresses that “the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age.” To be sure, more than 580 seniors, on average, suffer injuries each day in auto accidents.

The CDC recommends the following for preventing traffic collisions among the elderly:

  • Wearing seatbelts anytime you’re behind the wheel;
  • Only driving when conditions are good: driving during daylight hours and avoiding inclement weather can help seniors to avoid car accidents;
  • Exercising on a regular basis to improve flexibility and strength behind the wheel;
  • Having eyes checked on a regular basis;
  • Planning or mapping out your route before you get into the car;
  • Avoiding driving distractions, including cell phone use; and
  • Considering driving alternatives, such as public transportation or riding with a family member to your destination.

If your elderly parent or loved one recently sustained injuries in an auto accident, you should contact a San Diego car accident lawyer to learn more about filing a claim for compensation.

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San Diego officials recently announced the launch of a program called “Vision Zero,” which aims to “eliminate traffic deaths by 2025” and to “make the city more pedestrian and bike-friendly,” according to a report from NBC San Diego. Many of us have read news stories about hit-and-run accidents in the San Diego area, as well as severe pedestrian and bicycle accidents that occur on our streets. The new program aspires to put an end to such accidents in the next ten years.2300190277_360853ae0d

Slowing Down the Speed with “Vision Zero”

What’s involved in a program created to end traffic fatalities within a decade? According to Jim Stone, the Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, the most important part of the initiative is its focus on safety. In other words, we need to take a look at the reasons for the program in order to understand how it might help to reduce traffic-related deaths in the city. As Stone explained, “We have a traffic fatality rate in San Diego that’s greater than our murder rate.”

One of the first orders of business is speed of travel. Speeding is a serious problem, and it’s a type of aggressive driving that’s responsible for numerous preventable accidents. For instance, Juniper Aavang suffered fatal injuries in a traffic collision caused by speeding just a couple of months ago “as her father pushed her in a stroller through a crosswalk at the intersection of Catalina and Cannon in Point Loma.”

Stone elaborated on the cause of the death, explaining, “we know that if someone is hit by a car going 40 miles per hour they have a 20 percent chance of surviving a crash.” Given those statistics, one of the primary goals of Vision Zero is “to slow things down to a safer speed.”

City Planning Measures Can Help to Reduce Speeding

If we know that speeding is a serious problem, what steps can be taken to help reduce it? The architects of Vision Zero are looking to areas such as Allison Street, which is next to La Mesa City Hall. There, “diagonal parking lines reduce the size of the street.” According to Stone, “studies show smaller streets help slow traffic.”

But it’s not just about reducing the urge to drive fast. To be sure, Vision Zero will also need to take steps to increase pedestrian visibility. Crosswalk lights on the ground, for example, can help to alert drivers that they need to stop. In addition, more signs pointing to crosswalks and curb extensions can help to reduce pedestrian fatalities. As you might imagine, some of these methods are relatively easy to implement—adding pedestrian-crossing signs to crosswalk areas can be accomplished with relative ease, and diagonal parking lines should be relatively straightforward to implement. However, curb extensions could take more time.

Curb extensions are very important in the Vision Zero scheme, though. With curb extensions, pedestrians “can see cars coming, but more importantly the cars can see them coming.” As such, Stone articulates, “it’s a great way to improve pedestrian safety.”

Vision Zero will hone in on “eight major corridors” in San Diego, including University Avenue, Market Street, and El Cajon Boulevard. News agencies recently reported that University Avenue is the most dangerous street for pedestrian accidents in our city. Getting the program underway will cost about $15 million.

Contact a San Diego Accident Attorney

Let’s hope that “Vision Zero” can help to eradicate the car crashes and traffic fatalities that plague Southern California. In the meantime, traffic-related accidents do happen. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto collision or a pedestrian accident, you should discuss your case with an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer. An advocate at the Walton Law Firm can speak with you today.

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When you take your child to see the doctor, do you worry about preventable medical errors? Most parents aren’t immediately concerned about the risks of surgical mistakes when their children go into the hospital for a routine surgery. Yet a recent article in MedPage Today indicated that pediatric medical errors happen much more often than most of us assume, and “nearly half” of them are preventable.234461207_9f28bf606f

Tool Developed to Prevent Pediatric Medical Mistakes

A pilot study developed a tool aimed at preventing medical errors in pediatric patients. The study recently determined that, when it comes to pediatric inpatients, “nearly half of the harms in patient charts were preventable.” The study looked at 600 different pediatric medical charts. Of those, 240 charts—or 45 percent of those in the study—had recognizable harms that researchers determined to be “potentially or definitely preventable,” according to one of the researchers. The study has been published in Pediatrics.

The authors of the study, including David C. Stockwell, the medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, developed the Pediatric All-Cause Harm Measurement Tool (PACHMT) in order to determine the causes of pediatric medical errors and whether they’re preventable. Specifically, the tool detects “triggers,” which the researchers define as “a medical record based ‘hint’ that ‘triggers’ the search of the medical record to determine whether an adverse event might have occurred.” In other words, the PACHMT allows researchers to search pediatric inpatients’ medical records to determine whether a medical mistake might have taken place.

The PACHMT is more predictive of some types of injuries than others. To be sure, the positive predictive value depends largely upon the trigger. For instance, preventable infections that occurred in the hospital had the highest predictive value at nearly 86 percent. Oppositely, the positive predictive value of elevated pain was only about 7 percent.

Types of Preventable Pediatric Injuries

When the authors of the study reported on preventable pediatric injuries, what were the most common harms they identified? The following represent some of the most common preventable injuries experienced by young patients:

  • Intravenous catheter infiltrations or burns;
  • Respiratory distress;
  • Constipation;
  • Pain; and
  • Surgical complications.

The harms occurred in patients with hospital stays between 24 hours and 6 months, with a median stay of 4 days. The study data looked almost equally at male and female patients, whose median age was 4 years old.

Currently, the PACHMT isn’t perfect, as its developers have noted. And the study also had limitations, with a “relatively small sample size and the lack of two physician reviewers.” However, their study emphasizes how trigger tools, such as the PACHMT, can “lead to a better understanding of the epidemiology of harm in hospitalized children, as well as allow tracking of change with patient-safety-focused interventions.”

While some medical errors don’t result in serious harms, many medical mistakes lead to severe and even fatal injuries. If you or someone you love recently sustained injuries because of a medical error, you should contact a dedicated San Diego medical malpractice attorney. You may be eligible for financial compensation.

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Is it safe to ride rollercoasters at amusement parks? Recent reports from the Los Angeles Times and ABC 7 News indicated that California rollercoaster rides recently led to the serious injuries of two visitors to a Santa Clara park, and the death of a third at a Six Flags theme park in Valencia. Thousands of people visit amusement parks each year, but do the thrill rides put us at serious risk of a life-threatening accident?2479906084_ed3e23f92d

Child Death at Six Flags Park

According to the Los Angeles Times, 10-year-old Jasmine Martinez exited from the Revolution ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California after losing consciousness. Theme park officials reported that the girl “came into the ride station unconscious” after the rollercoaster route had concluded. The Revolution rollercoaster, as Six Flags describes it, “climbs up a 113-foot hill, then swoops through slopes and a long, steep straightaway to a 90-foot-tall vertical loop.”

Emergency responders airlifted Jasmine to Northridge Medical Center, and she was later transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jasmine died at Cedars-Sinai the day after she was found unconscious at the park.

California state officials determined that Jasmine’s injuries weren’t “related to the operation of the ride,” and the park quickly reopened the looping roller coaster ride. However, following the girl’s death, Six Flags again closed the ride in order to re-investigate. According to the park, “there is no evidence to suggest that this was in any way ride related,” but Jasmine may have had a pre-existing condition. Since the park opened the ride almost 40 years ago, more than 45 million people have ridden it without incident.

However, injuries are somewhat common on rollercoaster rides. Based on an analysis conducted by the Los Angeles Times that looked at about 2,000 accident reports between 2007 and 2012, about 16 percent of accident reports indicated that a park guest had suffered back or neck pain. Worse yet, about 12 percent of reported accidents cited head injuries. At theme parks, most injuries occur on rollercoasters and waterslides, with an average of about 350 injuries each year.

More Serious Rollercoaster Injuries in Santa Clara

In the wake of Jasmine’s death, two people at Santa Clara’s Great America amusement park suffered injuries on a rollercoaster. As the Flight Deck rollercoaster was coming back into the station, a park employee sustained traumatic injuries when he was struck by the train, according to an ABC 7 report. Witnesses indicated that the worker “stepped into the path of the rollercoaster while trying to retrieve a rider’s cellphone.” At the same time, one of the guests on the rollercoaster reported a serious hand injury and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Due to the serious nature of the incidents, the theme park closed the rollercoaster in order to complete an investigation. News of the injuries brought back memories of a 1998 incident at the park in which a guest suffered fatal injuries from the Top Gun rollercoaster.

While a day at an amusement park can sound like a great summer activity, theme park rides can also pose serious risks of injury. If you or your child sustained an injury at an amusement park, you should discuss your case with an experienced San Diego accident lawyer. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.

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GuardrailA driver near Cal State San Marcos may lose his legs after the compartment of his car was impaled by a guardrail on Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. The guardrail was made by Trinity Industries, who has come under fire recently after it was fined $663 million for defrauding the US Government. In that case, a competitor Trinity sued in 2012 alleging that it failed to notify the Federal Administration before it made a design change in 2005. The design change was small, but it has been alleged made the guardrails less safe.

Last Monday morning in San Marcos, a man lost control of his car, hitting a fire hydrant, and then driving right into the end of the guardrail. As the dramatic News10 video shoes, the guardrail pierced the compartment, slicing through the driver’s legs.

In an interesting twist, News10 contacted the City of San Marcos, which stated that the guardrails were not Trinity rails, despite an allegation that there were Trinity markings on the rails. The city apparently changed its position, and later said the rail was standard Trinity guardrail.

Since the fine was levied against Trinity just last month, there have been at least 14 lawsuits filed against Trinity for injuries related to the guardrails, including five deaths.

The initial cause of the San Marcos accident has not been determined, but it is believed that alcohol may have played a role.

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Summer is almost here, and more San Diego residents are using the warmer months to enjoy boating trips on various bodies of water in Southern California. However, boating accidents can result in serious and fatal injuries. Indeed, according to a recent article in the Havasu News-Herald, a 28-year-old man sustained severe injuries in a boat propeller accident in Lake Havasu’s Copper Canyon. Officers from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office have reported that the victim is now in stable condition, but his injuries could have been life-threatening ones.3562051030_5d1160da86

Boat Propeller Accidents and Injuries

According to Tyler Bengard, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy, the man “was injured in the back of the legs and had an artery severed by a boat propeller around 4:30 p.m.” Soon after the accident took place, a patrol boat from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s discovered the scene. Early reports indicated that “an off-duty medic was able to provide early treatment to the injured man before the sheriff’s department transported him across the lake to Arizona, where he was airlifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.”

Bengard emphasized that the victim was lucky that his injuries weren’t worse. To be sure, suffering a severed artery in the leg could have led to significant—and potentially life-threatening—blood loss. The deputy described the accident as “the most serious his agency responded to” over the recent Memorial Day weekend.

Just a couple of weeks after the serious accident on Lake Havasu, the Havasu News-Herald reported another boat propeller accident on the lake near Copper Canyon. This time, a 24-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries to his chest after coming into contact with a boat propeller. A fire department boat reportedly brought the victim to Havasu Regional Medical Center where emergency responders were able to “bring the victim into stable condition.” He will require further treatment and transfer to a hospital in Las Vegas.

Boating Safety and Accident Statistics

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) emphasizes that hundreds of boaters suffer fatal injuries each year in boating accidents. In 2013, the USCG collected the following facts about boating accidents:

  • More than 4,000 boating accidents occurred, which resulted in 2,620 injuries and 560 fatalities.
  • The boating accident fatality rate has actually decreased from previous years, showing a 13 percent decrease between 2012 and 2013. The total number of accidents also decreased by 10 percent.
  • Nearly 80 percent of fatal boating accidents were classified as drownings, and 84 percent of those victims weren’t wearing life jackets.
  • Nearly 80 percent of boating accidents that resulted in death took place on boats where the operator hadn’t received any boating safety instruction. On the flip side, only 13 percent of fatal boating accidents involved operators who had “received boating safety instruction from a course provider offering a course meeting the U.S. Coast Guard-recognized national standards.”
  • Small boats are most frequently involved in serious accidents. To be sure, eight of every 10 drowning accidents occurred on a boat fewer than 21 feet.
  • The five primary causes for boating accidents include operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, speeding, and machinery failure.

If you or someone you loved has been injured in a boating accident in Southern California, you should discuss your case with an experienced San Diego accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact the Walton Law Firm today to learn more about how we can help with your case.

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Do you need to wear a helmet when you’re riding a bicycle? If you want to help prevent the risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important to take precautions when you’re out cycling. Indeed, a recent bicycle accident in the San Diego area left a cyclist with serious head trauma after he fell from his bike while trying to brake on a steep hill.3719978485_e0002bb249

Head Trauma and Bicycle Accidents

According to an article in the Times of San Diego, “a 52-year-old man suffered a serious head injury . . . when he was thrown over the front of his bicycle at the top of Double Peak Park in San Marcos.” The crash occurred just after 9:30 a.m., and the injured cyclist was not wearing a helmet.

While bicyclists can sustain TBIs even when they do wear helmets, the risk is much greater when cyclists fail to take safety precautions. The injured bicyclist had been riding down San Marcos hill when he tried to apply his brakes in order to slow down. An article in the Oceanside-Camp Pendleton Patch reported that the cyclist had been on a particularly steep grade. As he applied his brakes, “he was thrown over the front of the bike.” He fell and struck his head on concrete. Emergency medical responders rushed the victim to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

The recent accident, while tragic, isn’t anomalous. Indeed, an article in the Los Angeles Times indicated that California has one of the worst records when it comes to bicycle accident deaths. While many of these collisions involve negligent automobile drivers, the risk of a deadly cycling accident in the San Diego area should alert all bicycle riders to the need to take safety measures seriously.

California Leads Country in Bicycle Accident Deaths

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association indicated that California “leads the nation in cycling deaths.” To be sure, “if you are going to be killed by a car while riding a bicycle, there’s a good chance you are male, older than 20, and living in California.” Between 2010 and 2012, 338 bicyclists in California sustained fatal injuries in collisions with automobiles. That number was the highest in the country, with the state of Florida close behind at 329 bicycle accident fatalities.

California also showed a shocking increase in the total number of bicycle accident deaths. The number of cyclist traffic fatalities in our state rose from 23 in 123 in the course of just two years, and California “had the most bicyclists killed of any state in 2012.” Cycling-related deaths are on the rise across the country, but the high numbers in California should concern all San Diego residents—whether you cycle to work or drive an automobile.

And unsurprisingly, the lack of helmet use is one of the primary factors in fatal bicycle injuries. In 2012 alone, “two-thirds or more of fatally injured bicyclists were not wearing helmets.” While experts can’t be certain about the factors that have produced the rise in bicycle fatalities, we do know that areas in which cyclists are separated from motor vehicles are the safest.

While cyclists can take steps to prevent serious injuries in a bicycle accident, it’s also important to remember that other drivers can be held responsible for accidents caused by negligent driving. If you or someone you love has been injured in a serious collision, you should discuss your case with a dedicated San Diego bicycle accident lawyer. An advocate at the Walton Law Firm can answer your questions today.

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Many San Diego residents decide to take vacations during the summer months, but traffic collisions can occur without warning. Whether you’re a weekend getaway or a family vacation is in your future, it’s important to think about highway safety. To be sure, a recent article from CNN emphasized that, beginning with Memorial Day, May through August are among the busiest road travel months of the year. As such, it’s important to stay cautious when you’re behind the wheel and to do everything you can to prevent a fatal car accident.4104830230_8176dd136f

Vacation Travel on the Highway

On the Memorial Day holiday alone, AAA estimates that about 33 million Americans take a trip that involves road travel. Indeed, the weekend “brings the start of the summer driving season” to our country, including to the scenic highways of California. At the same time, however, “between now and Labor Day can be one of the most dangerous times of the year to be behind the wheel.” As a result, it’s essential to think about safety matters.

One of the most important actions you and your family can take is, simply, to buckle up when you’re in an automobile. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more Americans than ever are using seat belts. Indeed, “Seat belt use reached an all-time high of 87 percent in 2013.” Yet many California residents still need a reminder to wear their seat belts. Nearly 50 percent of all Americans who died in car accidents last year weren’t buckled up.

In addition to wearing a seat belt, it’s also important to think carefully about your teenager’s driving experience. While a lot of teenagers in San Diego hope to take road trips once school lets our, “inexperience can put them at greater risk for accidents.” If you are going to allow your teenager to get behind the wheel this summer for a trip with friends, you should remind him or her about the dangers of distracted driving with the following rules:

  • Don’t use a smartphone in the car;
  • Limit the number of passengers in your teen’s vehicle; and
  • No nighttime driving.

Summer also tends to mean more roadside construction. It’s easier for construction crews to do some of the necessary repairs to our highways, and as such it’s essential to drive slowly in construction zones. Construction can also lead to detours, and you’ll need to stay alert to avoid getting lost or causing an accident.

Safety Tips for Long Drives and Road Trips

In addition to general safety tips for summertime driving, you should also consider particular issues that can arise on road trips and longer highway stints. An article in Independent Traveler provides some important tips for long hauls on the road:

  • Make sure to get enough sleep before you hit the road.
  • Take breaks and pull over, even if you don’t think you’re tired.
  • Share the drive with other reliable adults.
  • Don’t break cell phone laws in other states—know the laws before you set out, and don’t get distracted by using a smartphone while you’re on the road.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before your road trip.
  • Have a plan for inclement weather, including potential detours.
  • Always bring a map, as GPS devices aren’t infallible.
  • Have your vehicle tuned up before you get on the road.
  • Become a member of AAA or another roadside assistance program.

If you or someone you love recently sustained a serious injury in an auto accident, it’s important to discuss your situation with an experienced San Diego car accident attorney. Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation.

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It’s that time of year again when the county fair rolls into town offering fatty food, family fun, and frightening rides. We all know that the county fair can be fun, but is it safe. Not always, as evidence by yesterdays news.

Southern California law firms Berman & Riedel and Walton Law Firm recently settled an $8 million case on behalf of ride operator who suffered a traumatic brain injury while operating a ride at the San Diego County Fair. A ride passenger was also injured the accident.

Just yesterday, a 31-year-old woman name Sabrina Gordon died at the San Bernardino County Fair in Victorville while attempting to participate in a new attraction called FreeDrop USA. According to reports, the ride required individuals to climb up on a platform and jump into a large airbag. No ropes or harnesses are used.san+bernardino+death

According to witnesses, Ms. Gordon, a navy veteran, was planning on jumping from 28 feet high when she suddenly fell to the ground.

Ms. Gordon’s father Lyle Bell told ABC7 News, “You get professional stunt people that do these things. You don’t have ‘Joe Blow’ off the street for $15 jump out of a tower on an airbag. They’re letting people do this down there,” Bell said. “It’s their first year there, and sure enough, somebody gets killed, my daughter.”

Sheriff’s and OSHA are investigating the death, and the ride has been shut down indefinitely. The ride was operated by FD Event Co. LLC.

Walton Law Firm represents individual and families throughout Southern California in a variety of injury and death related cases, including cases of amusement park ride injuries at commercial parks and county fairs. For a free consultation about a case of any kind, please call (866) 607-1325.