Los Angeles has many attractions that draw in millions of visitors every year. The Los Angeles Times reported that there were 45.5 million visitors to the City of Angels in 2015. Some of the more popular attractions and sites that people visit include Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, The Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Universal Studios, and of course, the many beaches.
One newer attraction that recently opened starts on the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. It is called the Skyslide. The attraction starts on the 70th floor of the building and ends at the 69th. The slide hangs off the side of the tower, almost 1000 feet up in the air. The bottom of the slide is clear so that those who go down it can see all the way down to the ground far below. The slide is a part of the OUE Skyspace LA which "is California's tallest open-air observation deck and the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles." Though the attraction only opened in June of 2015, it has already been the subject of a lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed in July, about a week after the slide officially opened, by 57-year old Gayle Yashar against "OUE Skyspace LLC and Legends Hospitality LLC". She claims that she broke her ankle after going down the Skyslide. The lawsuit "alleges that the slide was designed in a way that those who use it cannot slow down enough before reaching the end." According to the complaint, there are "stacked mats at the end of the slide runout area." The suit alleges that "[t]his created a gap that trapped the covered feet of riders" and "[t]his increased the risk of serious injury for an ankle fracture which was far beyond the risk assumed by the uninformed and unsuspecting riders.” In addition, the suit states that "[t]he owners also failed to warn riders of the risks involved in coming down the slide." Her husband also has a claim against the two companies for loss of consortium.
The companies responded to the allegations in court filings at the end of August. They contend that Yashar "assumed the risk of injury and . . . wasn't sufficiently careful." The filings state that Yashar released the two companies from "any liability for injury" prior to sliding down the Skyslide. In addition, they contend that she "did not exercise the level of care on her own behalf that would have prevented her from getting hurt." The companies further contend that they "did not have control of the portion of the premises where Gayle Yashar was injured," that they were "unaware of any dangerous condition beforehand to correct the problem within enough time to prevent the accident," that any condition creates only a minor risk of injury, that they were unaware if the plaintiffs had " any 'peculiar susceptibility' . . . to emotional distress and that the typical person 'would have been able to adequately cope' with what happened."
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