At around noon on Friday, May 17, a decorative column fell on a crowd of people at the Orange County Fairgrounds, injuring three. A feature of the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival, the 4-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall column toppled near Gate Four, trapping one person. One person was treated at the scene, while two others were taken to an area hospital, one for traumatic injuries.
“After an accident resulting in injuries, the victims may file civil claims against the negligent party in order to receive compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained Orange County injury lawyer James Ballidis.
California Civil Code section 1714(a) indicates that people are not only responsible for the result of their willful acts but also any injury to others caused by their want of ordinary care or skill in the management of their property or person. In cases of premises liability, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owned, leased, or controlled the property, that the defendant was negligent in caring for and maintaining the property, and that this negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured when the decorative column fell on the crowd.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Costa Mesa accident.
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