A not-so-lucky incident occurred in Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino – located in Gardena, California on Monday morning (July 15, 2019). The roof at the popular casino located at 1045 Rosecrans Avenue partially collapsed shortly after 10 a.m. The roof collapsed on a 15-by-24-foot area down in the lobby; there was no evidence of fire. A total of 11 people were harmed – 10 people sustained minor injuries and one person suffered moderate injuries. The Los Angeles County Fire Department revealed that 7 of the 11 injured parties were taken to the hospital. There are no other details surrounding the specific injuries that the victims sustained. The casino was closed for the remainder of the day as the premises was assessed. Although the area has been determined to be safe, there is no estimate of when the Casino could reopen to the public. The Lucky Lady casino typically operates 24/7. The cause of the partial roof collapse is still unclear and remains under investigation. An inspector with the fire department, Brian Stevens, claimed that the casino did not have recent construction or repair work on the property. Casino representatives claim have not confirmed whether they were aware of previous signs of problems with the ceiling. Although the casino is neither confirming nor denying whether they were aware of any issues with the ceiling, Michael Lee, a casino player who was in the casino the night before, has made claims that allude to the casino being aware of problems with the roof. While he was in the casino, he noticed an area in the lobby was blocked off. Casino personnel claimed that they had a problem with the ceiling. The casino guest claims that the table in which they were playing was moved a few feet to the side. He decided to leave after noticing that the playing table was shaking.
The Most Important QuestionAfter such a devastating incident, the most important question is probably the following: is Lucky Lady casino liable for the harm that victims suffered? The answer to this question depends on whether or not personnel at the casino were aware of any problems in the roof. So far, the casino is not confirming whether they were aware of problems with the roof. If the casino knew or should have known of the problem with the roof, they could be held accountable for all the harm suffered as a result of the partial roof collapse. Even if casino representatives claim that they had no idea of any preexisting issues with the roof (which seems unlikely due to the claims made by the casino player based on his experience from the night before), you could take legal action.
About Premise LiabilityPremise liability is based on the fact that property owners have a specific duty of care towards their guests. All property owners have the duty of care to ensure that their premises remain safe and free of hazards at all time. They must take reasonable actions to identify and address hazards promptly. Given that the property owner is aware of the dangerous condition and that the dangerous condition is not completely obvious to guests, the property owner must at least warn guests of the hazard. Unfortunately, property owners often breach their duty of care to their guests. They fail to address the hazard, and they fail to warn their guests of the hazard. Both failing to address the hazard and failing to warn guests of the existence of the hazard are breaches of duty that could result in the hazard posing a severe threat to guests (including a threat of suffering injuries). When a breach of duty directly leads to innocent victims suffering harm, property owners can be accused of negligence and found liable for all the harm that victims suffered. If you would like to learn more about premise liability, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible.
Do You Have the Right to Sue Lucky Lady Casino?Do you have the right to pursue a premise liability claim against the casino? Your right to sue is based on negligence. As discussed above, property owners owe you a specific duty of care. When they breach their duty of care resulting in an incident that causes harm, they can be accused of negligence. If the harm that you suffered can be directly connected to the negligence of a property owner, you will have the right to sue. Did you sustain injuries during the partial roof collapse at the Lucky Lady casino in Gardena? Without a doubt, the only way you could have been aware of the hazard that the roof posed to your wellbeing would have been directly through the property owner – with warning signs or closed-off areas, for example. If the property owner failed to warn you of the hazard and you suffered any sort of harm, you could pursue a claim. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you will likely have the right to sue Lucky Lady for the harm that you suffered.
Do You Have the Right to Receive Compensation?If you suffered harm during the casino roof collapse, could you be eligible to recover compensation? Your right to recover compensation is based on whether your claim was successful. If your claim reaches a successful outcome, you could be eligible to receive some of the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses: compensation for all medical expenses associated with the incident
- Lost wages: compensation for all income lost as a direct result of the incident
- Pain and suffering: compensation for the mental and emotional distress directly caused by the incident
- Punitive damages: compensation awarded as a form of punishment towards the defendant (to reduce the likelihood of similar incidents from reoccurring)
- Funeral and burial costs: compensation for all costs associated with services after death
- Loss of consortium: compensation for the loss of ability to have a normal, family relationship with the victim