A rash of fires has struck the Houston area lately, and one claimed the life of a deaf man.
In July of 2015 3-year-old Stephanie Martinez fell approximately five stories to her death at an Embassy Suites in Anaheim, California. Stephanie and her family were visiting California on a trip to Disneyland. Stephanie's parents, Jesus Martinez Avila and Alejandra Sandoval Duran, brought a lawsuit against the hotel's owners and the property management company that controlled the premises on the date of the fatality. The lawsuit alleged negligence against the defendants which resulted in the death of the toddler.
A lawsuit was filed in Harris County on October 11, 2018 against L.A. Fitness International LLC by a woman complaining of injuries she sustained after a treadmill malfunctioned and caused her to fall. The woman's petition alleges that the fitness center failed to warn of the dangerous condition or failed to make the condition reasonably safe. She further alleges that the trip and fall caused her to sustain serious bodily injury. The woman is seeking to recover her reasonable medical care expenses, past, and future; past and future physical pain and suffering; past and future mental anguish; and her loss of earnings.
A lawsuit was filed in Harris County on October 1, 2018 against Party City Corporation by a woman complaining of injuries she sustained at the party supply store. The woman's petition alleges that the party supply store failed to keep its premises safe. She further alleges that the slip and fall caused her to sustain physical injuries, including disfigurement, physical impairment, lost wages and mental anguish, among others.
In November 2015, Tommy Fry was a passenger on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida. Unfortunately, the ride got stuck and Mr. Fry was left hanging upside down for an hour. He filed suit in March 2017 for an unspecified amount of damages.
In December 2014, Joyce Higgs, then 67-years-old, tripped and fell on a cleaning bucket aboard a cruise ship in the eastern Caribbean at Grand Turk. Ms. Higgs claimed injuries to her left arm and shoulder, which included a displaced proximal humerus fracture of her left non-dominant arm, a dislocated humerus head, torn left rotator cuff, and torn left bicep tendon. She sued Costa Crociere S.P.A. Company, the owner of the cruise ship, for negligence. Ms. Higgs alleged she tripped and fell while walking from the cruise ship's breakfast buffet toward her daughter's table. She further alleged the cruise ship failed to properly maintain the vessel in a reasonably safe condition.
The Brazos Ski Ranch Cable Park, affectionately referred to as "BSR" by the people of Waco, has voluntarily closed down its surf resort following the death of surfer, Fabrizio Stabile. BSR's surf resort is temporarily closed while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tests BSR's waters for Naegleria fowleri, commonly referred to as the "brain-eating ameba."
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Kelly Woods have reached a confidential settlement against Taco Bell regarding an incident that occurred in May 2015. The settlement brings a favorable end to the family's lawsuit seeking compensation for the severe injuries a minor sustained while at the restaurant.
A Federal Jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina awarded $473.5 million to six residents near a North Carolina Farm run by Murphy-Brown L.L.C. for the mismanagement of hogs on their farm. Murphy Brown L.L.C. is run by a Chinese owned pork producer named Smithfield Foods Inc., which is one of the world's largest pork processors and hog producers in the U.S. According to court filings, the jury awarded $3 million to $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages to each of the six residents.
Carlos and June Cordeiro have filed suit against Fertitta Hospitality LLC, the owner of the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, after their child was injured while using a water slide. They have alleged negligence after their daughter lost consciousness on the slide.