A tragic turn of events at what was schedule to be a festive fireworks display in the Ventura County community of Simi Valley resulted in dozens of injuries. According to the latest information at least 30 victim suffered injuries most of them serious enough to require emergency medical transportation to local area hospitals. At least 8 were treated and released at the scene of the fireworks accident. The fireworks display accident took place in Rancho Santa Susana Park at around 9:20 P.M. The administrators of the park referred to the accident as a “fireworks mishap” suggesting the explosion was an accident and not an intentional act of sabotage to terror. However the exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined. Luckily for the injured dozens of Ventura County and Simi Valley fire and police officials were at the site of the accident resulting in rapid deployment and execution of emergency protocol. Park staff along with law enforcement quickly evacuated the park after the blast.
Legal Ramification – Liable Parties:Property owners include city and state agencies that control the safety of individual to attend celebration at park and recreational facilities owe a duty to protect their guests for all known hazards: Some important information regarding California Premises Liability Laws is as follows: Liability for Invitee: An invitee is owed the highest duty of care. They are any individual who is either expressly or impliedly invited to another person’s premises for their mutual benefit. Liability for Licensee: Any individual who enters the premises at the owner or possessors consent for a non business or commercial purpose. The most common example is a social guest. In order to recover as a licensee, a victim must establish (all three):
- The owner or possessor knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, and should have known that it created an unreasonable risk of harm, and likewise should have known that the plaintiff would fail to discover the dangerous condition
- The owner or possessor did not make the condition safe or failed to warn the licensee of the condition
- The licensee did not know of the dangerous condition or the risks involved.