Last year, a family attended a Los Angeles Lakers game at Staples Center. The family had enjoyed the game from a luxury box and following the Lakers' win, decided to take some pictures. The family's little boy, a 2-year-old, had just taken a picture and got on the ledge of the box. He fell over the side; the fall was between 30 and 50 feet.
He was transported to the hospital, but died from severe head injuries sustained from the fall. Now, his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Staples Center, alleging that the center was negligent in warning fans about the dangerous design of the box seats. His family believes that had there been warnings or sufficient barriers that their son could still be alive.
Nothing can reverse the fatal accident. But the family hopes that this lawsuit will help prevent this type of accident from occurring in the future. The lawsuit alleges that there are unsafe conditions that need to be addressed. An injunction requested in the lawsuit would require the sports arena to install taller barriers to decrease the chances of someone falling over the edge.
The report notes that even though a lawsuit has been filed, the little boy's death has been ruled an accident. However that does not necessarily bar the little boy's family from being compensated for their loss. If it is determined that Staples Center was negligent in making sure that fans were not put in danger because of box designs, they could be held liable for the fatal accident.
Families who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident can seek compensation. This can help bring a bit of comfort to the family, helping with any unexpected financial challenges that may have surfaced from the death.
Source: Forbes online, "Suit filed in boy's fatal fall after Lakers game," Greg Risling, 24 May 2011
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