A law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, which requires an additional safety feature for newly-constructed or remodeled pools and spas, aims to reduce swimming pool drownings and spa drownings, The Orange County Register reports. These types of drowning incidents are the leading cause of death among toddlers in California. This new law will also bolster a 20-year-old regulation that mandates new or remodeled swimming pools to have at least one layer of protection such as a fence, cover or an alarm. …Read the rest »
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The father of a Huntington Beach woman who was killed during the Las Vegas mass shooting has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the operators of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, concert promoter, Live Nation, and the manufacturers of a device that allows semiautomatic weapons to behave like a machine gun. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, 28-year-old Andrea Castilla was attending the Route 91 Harvest festival with her boyfriend, sister and a friend when she was struck by gunman Stephen Paddock, who fired semi-automatic rifles from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort. …Read the rest »
Pizza delivered without the pizza man or pizza woman? Sounds like a ludicrous concept. But Dominos and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will welcome the idea of pizza being delivered by driverless cars. In this test, you won’t hear the doorbell ring. Just a text saying your pizza is here. This experiment started this week in …Read the rest »
MTV’s “Ridiculousness” star Sterling “Steelo” Brim‘s 3-year-old nephew drowned in the actor’s North Hollywood home’s swimming pool after wandering into the backyard and falling into the water. According to a TMZ news report, the toddler wandered into the backyard the morning of June 23, 2017 when adults weren’t looking and fell into the pool.
It is not clear how long the child was in the pool before he was discovered. TMZ reports that paramedics rushed to the home and that the child was transported to a nearby hospital. He was pronounced dead just after noon the same day. The boy’s family was visiting Brim from Chicago. Officials have ruled the death an accidental drowning. …Read the rest »
Former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock and his wife are suing the city over a 2015 fall she took on a damaged sidewalk, which caused her silicone breast implants to rupture. According to a news report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the fall and the implants’ rupture led her to have replacement surgery. The lawsuit does not request a specific amount in damages, but states that they suffered losses well in excess of $25,000 as a result of the incident. …Read the rest »
Margerita Mojarro, 61, was killed and five others were injured after a large eucalyptus tree fell on them during a wedding photo shoot. According to a KABC news report, Mojarro was the mother of the bride. The tree fell the afternoon of December 17, 2016 at Penn Park, killing Mojarro and critically injuring a 4-year-old girl, who KABC is identifying as a niece of the bride. The wedding party was posing for photos under the tree when it suddenly uprooted and gave way crashing down on the group below. About 20 people were trapped under the tree’s trunk and branches.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Margerita Mojarro. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the injured victims. We wish them all the very best for a quick and full recovery. …Read the rest »
A 5-year-old boy who was celebrating his birthday in Irvine over the weekend ended up saving the life of a 2-year-old girl who had slipped under the water unnoticed. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the two children were sitting near a hot tub at 5:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Crested Bird when an adult who was watching them turned away.
The girl fell in the water soon losing consciousness and was underwater for less than a minute when the 5-year-old pulled her out. Bystanders performed CPR on the girl and called 911. The girl regained consciousness before being transported in moderate condition to the hospital. Officials said there was no lifeguard on duty at the community pool area where the hot tub is located. …Read the rest »
Suzanne Naruko, 47, of Placentia, was awarded more than $2.8 million in damages in connection with a slip-and-fall accident at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Naruko’s attorneys said the schoolteacher slipped on spilled water while entering the casino in May 2013. The lawsuit said her right foot got tangled with her left leg, causing her to fall hard onto the tile floor. She lost consciousness as her head hit the hard floor. Naruko suffered a concussion in the fall, which is a traumatic brain injury.
Her attorney said Naruko suffered from various symptoms including memory loss, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and vomiting. She suffers from vertigo as well. Since the accident occurred on tribal land, the case was adjudicated through arbitration rather than a court system. After five days of arbitration, Naruko was awarded $43,000 in past medical expenses, $1.8 million in lost income and benefits, and $1 million in unspecified economic damages. …Read the rest »
The father of 13-year-old Alex Pierce, who nearly drowned in a Riverside County swimming pool accident, is demanding answers about how teen lifeguards and other supervisors present at a school pool party handled the situation. According to an NBC news report, Alex’s father, Rodriquez Pierce, is questioning the actions of the high school lifeguards, including why the boy wasn’t immediately given CPR, after a witness said his son had been submerged underwater for about 90 seconds. …Read the rest »
Temperatures are soaring, Memorial Day is just around the corner and summer is almost here. This means that it’s time to get your swimming pool safe and ready for summer fun. Each year, our Orange County swimming pool accident attorneys represent clients who have either been injured or have lost loved ones in drowning or near-drowning incidents involving swimming pools. A number of these tragedies and accidents are preventable.
Here are a few things that can help get your pool ready for the busy summer season. …Read the rest »