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Woman Injured on Huntington Beach Sidewalk Files Claim for $100,000

By Renee Nordstrand on February 27, 2010

A seventy-one year old Huntington Beach resident has filed a claim against the city of Huntington Beach following a sidewalk fall, the Orange County Register reports.

Sharon R. Peterson fractured her femur when she fell while walking on Modal Drive on October 7, 2009, the claim states.  An uneven portion of sidewalk caused Peterson’s fall.  She claims the city was negligent in its maintenance and proper care for the sidewalk.

This incident is a clear example of a premises liability case.  These cases occur when an injury is caused by hazardous property conditions or property owner negligence.  In this situation, the city of Huntington Beach was negligent in maintaining the city sidewalks, and therefore may be held liable for the injuries sustained on city property.

If you have been injured due to dangerous property conditions, please contact experienced premises liability attorneys today for a free consultation.

Huntington Beach Teen Reaches Settlement with City Over Waveboard Crash

By Renee Nordstrand on February 1, 2010

A fourteen-year-old Huntington Beach boy has reached a settlement with the city of Huntington Beach following injuries he sustained in a waveboard crash on a city alleyway in 2008, the Orange County Register reports.

Waveboards, which are similar to skateboards, allow riders to feel as though they are surfing or snowboarding because the rider must swivel backwards and forwards in an “S” shape in order to move.  The boy, Douglas Young, fell while riding a waveboard in a City alleyway that was undergoing construction. Young suffered two broken bones in the fall.

Young’s attorney, Eric Traut, alleged that the City was liable because the alley had large potholes and loose, dangerous debris that posed a threat to Young and other children in the area that frequently used the alleyway for outdoor activities such as waveboarding or skateboarding.

City attorney Jennifer McGrath denied liability, citing the fact that Young was using a challenging type of board in which falling is an expected result.

Young was awarded a $30,000 settlement.

If you have been injured while waveboarding, skateboarding, biking, or even walking due to dangerous property conditions, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to learn about your legal options and rights.

UPDATE: Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard Tragedy Will Not End in Criminal Charges

By Renee Nordstrand on November 19, 2009

After reporting last week that the tragic death of junior lifeguard Alyssa Squirrel during a training activity in Huntington Beach would not result in criminal charges against the lifeguard who operated the boat that struck Alyssa, the Orange County Register now reports that the Squirrel family has filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Huntington Beach. 

The claim seeks over $10,000 in damages for personal injuries and emotional distress.  It alleges that lifeguard Lt. Greg Crow negligently operated the boat so as to cause Alyssa’s death.

Alyssa had jumped into the water from a boat driver by Lt. Crow during a training drill when the boat unintentionally struck her as she swam. 

After the loss of a loved one, families deserve to be compensated for funeral expenses and the trauma and emotional distress of their loss.  While no amount of money can ever replace a lost life, compassionate and experienced wrongful death attorneys will protect your legal rights and pursue fair compensation that will bring justice to your loved one.

Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard Tragedy Will Not End In Criminal Charges

By Renee Nordstrand on November 10, 2009

The Orange County District Attorney’s office will not pursue criminal charges in the tragic incident which claimed the life of an 11 year old junior lifeguard in July, the Orange County Register reports.

Alyssa Squirrell was participating in a lifeguard training program that required her to jump off the back of a boat and into the ocean when the boat, driven by Marine Safety Lt. Greg Crow, struck Alyssa.  According to the Orange County District Attorney, Alyssa’s death was simply a terrible accident and, however unfortunate, no crime was committed.

My heartfelt thoughts and wishes are with Alyssa’s family and Lt. Crow in this painful time.

Boating accidents can be devastating as they are often the result of recklessness.  Although clearly not the case in this particular incident, many boating accidents involve alcohol and leisurely fun that goes too far and endangers the lives of other boaters, water skiers, jet skiers, and fisherman in the water.  Furthermore, the lack of traffic laws on the water intensifies the potential risk for accident, serious injury or death.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of another boater’s negligence, please exercise your right to an attorney today.  Experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated personal injury attorneys will pursue your case aggressively until you see outstanding results.

Woman Sues City of Huntington Beach after Trip and Fall Incident

By Renee Nordstrand on November 3, 2009

A Huntington Beach woman who injured her leg after tripping on an unmarked pipe in Huntington Central Park is suing the City for negligence, the Orange County Register reports.

The woman, identified as Elizabeth Medina, filed a claim for $450,000 for her medical expenses, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering in July 2008.  Her claim’s basis was that the City of Huntington Beach was responsible for fixing the exposed pipe and properly covering it so as to prevent accidents.

The City has countered that they could not fix a problem they were not aware of.

Victims of trip and fall accidents should contact a skilled personal injury attorney with experience in trip and fall cases.  We will identify the responsible party and get you the compensation you deserve.

Anaheim Bicyclist Struck by Semi-Truck

By Renee Nordstrand on October 9, 2009

An unidentified Anaheim biker was struck and pinned underneath the front bumper of a semi-truck early this morning, the Orange County Register reports.

The incident occurred at Kraemer Boulevard and the 91 freeway off-ramp, according to police.  As the bicyclist approached the eastbound off-ramp of the 91 freeway, the semi-truck turned right onto Kraemer, striking the biker.  The biker was taken to UCI Medical Center after suffering serious injuries.

The incident occurred just one day after a trial began in the Huntington Beach case of a 14 year old boy who was struck and killed by a motorist while riding his bicycle.  In this case, the defendant faces felony charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated and driving under the influence and causing bodily injury.  The defense counsel has argued that the defendant suffered a seizure at the time of the accident and could not control his vehicle as it struck the young bicyclist.

In 2007, there were 124 bikers killed and 10,590 bikers injured in collisions in California, according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a vehicle to bicycle accident, veteran personal injury attorneys can help you recover compensation for you medical bills as well as pain and suffering.  We understand the trauma and difficulty of going through a bicycle accident, and will provide the kind of experience and resources that make a difference.