A man drowned after entering the lake outside SoFi Stadium on Friday, February 2, 2024. According to the Inglewood Police Department, security officials observed a man entering the lake at approximately 9:30pm; they saw the man swimming further into the lake, but he did not resurface.
Emergency crews responded to try to locate the man. This included divers from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, a lifeguard team from the Fire Department, a helicopter support team, and drones. Officials recovered the body shortly before 11 pm. He has only been identified as a 19-year-old man.
The lakes outside of SoFi Stadium are 15 feet deep. Unfortunately, this is not the first drowning that occurs; in the summer of 2022, a 45-year-old man entered the stadium grounds and was found in the lake.
Considering that this is already the second drowning since the stadium opened in September 2020, this incident has lead to many questions.
- Should SoFi be doing more to avoid access to the lake?
- Were these drownings caused by the property owner’s negligence?
- Can family of the victims file lawsuits?
Here at our law firm, our legal team is ready to go above it all to fight for your rights. If you or a member of your family suffered harm on the premises of SoFi Stadium, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Based on the details surrounding the incident and the harm suffered, you may have the right to sue and even recover compensation. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact us today.
SoFi Stadium Liability for Incidents on their Premises
SoFi Stadium, located at 1001 South Stadium Drive, is owned and operated by StadCo LA, LLC (a Kroenke Sports & Entertainment company). All property owners have a duty keep their entire premises safe for their guests. In general, this means that property owners must routinely inspect their premises to make sure that they remain clear of any hazards or dangerous conditions. With establishments that have bodies of water, like the lake outside SoFi Stadium, it is essential that there is enough security around to prevent anyone from even entering the water. In this case, it was the second drowning, so the property owner already knew of the danger present to the public. As long as the property owner knew or should have known about the dangers present, then the property owner could be found liable. This means that the family of the deceased could have the right to file a lawsuit – specifically, a wrongful death claim.
For more information about your right to file a wrongful death claim for the death of a member of your family, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm today.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
There are multiple parties that may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. It is important to understand the different categories of parties who could potentially file a wrongful death claim. The surviving spouse or domestic partner, surviving children, and grandchildren generally have priority when it comes to filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If there are no survivors within this first group, then anyone who would be entitled to property through intestate succession would be able to file the wrongful death lawsuit; this could include the decedent’s parents and siblings, for example. People who were financially dependent on the decedent may also have grounds to file a wrongful death claim; these parties may include the putative spouse, the putative spouse’s children, the decedent’s stepchildren, and more.
What Compensation is Available?
Some of the compensation available for recovery for wrongful death claims may include the following:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to the victim’s death
- Lost income (specifically, lost of financial support)
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Here at our law firm, our wrongful death lawyers are committed to getting our clients the maximum recovery available for their claims. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you, please do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Whether our lawyers have to negotiate a claim or take your claim to trial to reach a verdict, you can trust that our team will do everything possible to secure the best recovery available.
The Statute of Limitations
In California, wrongful death claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants only have two years to file their lawsuits. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they can lose their right to sue entirely. Do not risk losing your right to sue – find a lawyer to help you file your wrongful death claim on time. For more information about he total length of time that you have to file your claim, contact us today.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our SoFi Stadium wrongful death lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights and recover the compensation that you are owed after the death of your loved one. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to the experts here at our law firm. Our wrongful death lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and help you every step of the way. Our team is proud to be able to offer free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our team will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Whether you are looking to begin or continue your claim, our legal team can help you.
We offer a Zero-Fee Guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal costs. In addition, our team works on contingency, so our clients will not be responsible for any legal costs if they do not win their claims.
If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us today.