April 16, 2019, PLLR News
Platform abutting movie theater display board collapses, injuring patron
The plaintiff, who fractured her hip in a fall from the platform of a face cutout display board at a movie theater, sued the platform manufacturer for defective design. Suit alleged that the platform was not strong enough to support the weight of an average person. The parties settled for $2.3 million. Doe v. Roe Mfr.
Doe, who was in her 80s, visited a movie theater that had a display board, behind which stood a platform for patrons to stand on and place their faces in the display board’s cut out. As Doe stepped onto the platform, it dislodged from the board and caved in. Doe fell, fracturing her hip. She required multiple surgeries, including revision surgeries. Her medical expenses exceeded $500,000.
Doe sued the manufacturer of the platform, alleging defective design. The plaintiff asserted that the platform was not strong enough to support the weight of an average person. The plaintiff also named the premises owner in the lawsuit.
The parties settled for $2.3 million.
Citation: Doe v. Roe Mfr., Confidential Dkt. No. (Cal. Confidential Ct. Sept. 20, 2018).
Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member Douglas Shaffer, Beverly Hills, Calif.; and Vibhu Talwar, Los Angeles.
Plaintiff experts: Brad Avritt, civil engineering, Marina Del Rey, Calif.; and Christopher Brignola, mechanical engineering, Signal Hill, Calif.
Defense experts: Andrew Wood, neurology, Santa Monica, Calif.; John Tyson, forensic engineering, Encino, Calif.; and John Brault, biomechanical engineering, Mission Viejo, Calif.