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Staple Center Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Los Angeles’ Staples Center has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a toddler who fell to his death from a skybox during a Lakers game last year.

According to Los Angeles Superior Court documents, the family of 2 year-old Lucas Tang claims Anschutz Entertainment Group and L.A. Arena Co. did not warn fans about the “dangerous” design of the luxury boxes in the Staples Center. The Tang family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages and an injunction that would require taller barriers in front of the luxury boxes.

According to the lawsuit, Tang fell between 30 and 50 feet from a third-level luxury box just minutes after the conclusion of the Lakers’ game against Golden State on November 20. Tang suffered massive head injuries and died at a hospital later that night.

The lawsuit claims that “in order to obtain the highest price possible for use of the luxury boxes, the Staples Center designed and maintains the luxury boxes in a dangerous condition.”

Attorney for the Tang family, Scott Wellman, said that “beyond providing some measure of compensation to the grieving family,” the purpose of the wrongful death lawsuit is to “compel Staples Center to prevent similar accidents from happening again, even if installing basic safety features reduces the maximum price it can charge for tickets.”

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact the San Antonio Wrongful Death Lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999.

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