Tourist and Visitor Injuries in Southern California
About 250 million persons take trips to and within California every year, resulting in about $122.5 billion in economic activity, according to the Rand Corporation. They come to enjoy the state’s famous beaches, sunshine, and amusement parks, and in hopes of maybe meeting a celebrity or two. Unfortunately, some of the state’s tourists leave with catastrophic injuries, or don’t leave at all.
Catastrophic injury describes any injury that results in a disability so severe that the patient requires a lifetime of medical and personal care. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis are just two examples of catastrophic injuries. Pursuing compensation for injuries such as these requires the skills of a highly experienced California personal injury attorney. When fatalities result from injuries, a personal injury attorney may—depending on the case—file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s survivors.
If you incur a catastrophic injury or lose a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of someone else while you’re on vacation in Southern California, contact Greene, Broillet, & Wheeler, LLP.
There are two key reasons why our law firm has obtained more million dollar verdicts and settlements than any other law firm in California history—our experience and our drive. At Greene, Broillet, & Wheeler, LLP, we’re proud of receiving recognition by the Best Lawyers in America as the number one personal injury firm in California. Our reputation for success and client support is respected throughout the United States.
Our firm has secured financial compensation in many cases involving tourists who sustained catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of others. We are humbled when we receive case referrals from colleagues and opponents throughout California.
Successful Tourist Injury Case
In Ricks v. Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom Amusement Park, we represented a client who sustained a catastrophic injury after falling from a ferris wheel at Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom Amusement Park in Redlands. Our client and the defendant agreed to litigate the case in binding arbitration. The arbitrators awarded our client $4.9 million. The amusement park has since changed name and ownership.
The attorneys of Greene, Broillet, & Wheeler, LLP, are passionate about seeking justice for our clients, which can include ensuring that others do not sustain similar injuries. The cases we bring on behalf of our clients often result in defendants making changes to unsafe conditions, preventing similar injuries from ever occurring again. Safer amusement parks, tourist attractions and activities, roads, beaches, public transportation, and crosswalks result in safer communities for residents and tourists.
No two cases are alike, and the case above serves as no guarantee or prediction for the outcome of any other case. If you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your potential case, contact us for a free evaluation today.
We Focus on Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law is an area of civil law dealing with seeking justice and compensation for clients injured by, or whose loved ones died as a result of, someone else’s negligence or reckless conduct. Our attorneys have secured significant judgments and settlements for our clients. The financial compensation we have recovered on behalf of our clients has helped them pay for past and ongoing medical bills, personal care services, and the equipment they needed to regain independence.
People with catastrophic injuries often require medical attention for the rest of their lives. The medical expenses these victims face include, but are not limited to:
- Repeated hospitalizations
- EMT/ambulance services
- 24/7 personal care
- Mobility devices
- Home modifications
- Modified vehicles
For people with a catastrophic injury, the costs associated with care only rise after leaving the hospital, because the damage caused by their injury is irreversible and requires a lifetime of attention. There are always medical devices to replace, surgeries to schedule, and the need for quality nursing care.
Greene, Broillet, & Wheeler, LLP, has helped our clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries to regain as much independence as possible. Mobility devices are among the key—and most expensive to purchase and replace— tools for increasing independence.
The attorneys at Greene, Broillet, & Wheeler, LLP, know all too well the medical expenses many of their clients continue to endure. We are proud that our successful representation resulted in compensation for people who suffered permanent injuries.
We Pursue Wrongful Death Claims
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence or reckless misconduct of another person while on vacation in Los Angeles, contact Greene, Broillet, & Wheeler, LLP. Losing a loved one is traumatic enough—losing them while on vacation and away from home is especially hard. While no amount of compensation replaces your loved one, holding the party responsible for the death can achieve a measure of justice, help with unexpected expenses, and compensate grieving families for the loss of a loved one’s financial support and companionship. It can also spur changes on the part of the responsible party that will protect others from suffering the same fate.
Tourist Spending, Personal Injuries, and Liability
California tourists generally spend money here in four areas:
- Food service
- Attractions and entertainment
These four categories also represent areas of risk for visitors to California. Every visit to a new tourist attraction, meal at a popular restaurant, or drive on an unfamiliar road poses the danger that someone else’s negligent or reckless action could cause an unsafe condition that results in catastrophic injury.
This growing, billion-dollar industry—which in California also includes Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland California, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Knott’s Berry Farm—draws literally millions of customers every year to thrilling rides and experiences for all ages.
Theme parks can afford to make those rides safe. While regulations governing ride safety are primarily handled at the state level, loose enforcement and not enough inspectors can have dire consequences for tourists when amusement parks try to cut corners on safety to increase profits.
Catastrophic injuries from amusement park rides sometimes include loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries, and TBIs. Riders experience severe trauma due to many reasons, such as mechanical and safety harness failures.
The attorneys of Greene, Broillet, & Wheeler, LLP, have experience in dealing with amusement parks who fail to protect tourists from catastrophic injuries.
The Pacific Coast Highway is among California’s top attractions. Also known as California’s Highway 1, this stretch of highway provides views of amazing coastal vistas. One of the most beautiful sections of the highway runs from Santa Barbara to the Ventura County line. This section is not only beautiful, but also dangerous—more than 600 accidents occurred on this stretch of highway in 2017. As of February 2018, more than 30 accidents and one fatality took place in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. While the state has undertaken efforts to create a safety campaign, passengers in rental cars, taxis, and ridesharing via Uber or Lyft remain at risk on this popular highway that attracts millions of tourists each year.
Two Common Tourist Injuries
Tourists are at risk any time they partake in an activity, whether it is riding a ferris wheel or roller coaster, or taking an Uber to go to dinner. Three too-common injuries that can happen in California include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The causes of TBIs, according to the CDC, include severe blows to the head that can permanently impair brain function. A serious TBI may leave patients in a constant, vegetative state—one that requires medical and personal care for the remainder of their lives. Other serious TBIs result in memory loss, severe mood swings, and problems involving speech and communication that require 24-hour supervision or medical care for the rest of the victim’s life.
Falls are the number one contributor to TBIs, with getting struck by an object and vehicle accidents following closely behind. According to the CDC, one in five falls results in serious, and often catastrophic, injuries. Falls can happen on stairs with no handrails or by slipping on wet floors. Restaurants and hotels with pools are known for wet floors that create hazards for guests. Food service and accommodations are busy places during tourist season, and the potential for any type of fall is often high.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury occurs as a direct result of trauma. A traumatic event may either damage the cells within the spinal cord or may sever the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord. Contusion, or bruising, and compression, or pressure, are among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries.
The Mayo Clinic lists vehicle accidents—both auto and motorcycle—as the number one cause of spinal cord injuries, with falls as the second most prevalent cause. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), vehicle accidents injured 105,000 more people in 2015 than 2014. Distracted driving, driving under the influence, and road rage all contribute to the rising number of vehicle accidents.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, has successfully represented clients who suffered spinal cord injuries as a result of another person’s negligence or reckless conduct. These clients continue to face medical challenges daily, with such problems as circulation and respiration issues, along with endless medical bills. Our attorneys have worked hard to secure fair compensation for our clients so that they can receive proper medical and personal care for life and live as independently as possible.
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Time is not on the plaintiff’s side when it comes to personal injury law and catastrophic injuries. Our goal is to seek fair compensation in a timely manner—whether that involves going to trial or negotiating an appropriate settlement.
No matter where you are visiting from, if you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury in California, hire attorneys who know California law—such as those at Greene, Broillet, and Wheeler, LLP. Our attorneys treat every client with empathy and communicate with them throughout the process of pursuing justice and compensation. It is truly devastating when a fun time turns into a life-altering event due to the negligence or recklessness of others. Holding those responsible is paramount to not only seeking fair compensation but also to preventing another such tragedy.
At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we love our great state and the many opportunities it provides for recreation. Living here, our attorneys and staff understand well why millions of visitors flock to California each year. The diverse offerings of outdoor recreation, scenic beauty, family fun, and history are something everyone should enjoy without harm.
Should you or a loved one suffer a catastrophic injury while vacationing in California because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, call us at (310) 576-1200 or contact us online to schedule a free evaluation of your case.