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Del Taco Dishes Settlement to Family of Wrongful Death Victim


Apparently, questions about the authenticity of taco meat aren’t the only thing fast food joints have to worry about. The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers are giving them a run for their money, obtaining a very substantial settlement to compensate for a premises liability victim’s death. With a little luck, this lawsuit will help fast-food restaurants go the extra mile to keep their consumers safe whilst on their property, at least when it comes to their handrails.

It wasn’t that long ago when the victim decided to visit this recently built Del Taco. Having been restricted to a wheelchair, her son was accompanying her down the wheelchair ramp to leave when they were suddenly struck by disaster. The lack of handrails and a sharp drop off to the parking lot–not visible from her son’s vantage point–prevented her son from properly negotiating the ramp and she fell out of her wheelchair.

The victim suffered a number of critical injuries, including brain injury, as she fell out of her wheelchair and hit her head on the asphalt parking lot. “She suffered a heart attack during the incident and bleeding on the brain that needed surgery, and she lay in a coma for 1 1/2 weeks. In addition, she suffered broken upper teeth and a punctured lip. She never fully recovered from the accident and died shortly after.

The absence of handrails along the path to guide disabled users to the safe boundaries of the wheelchair ramp, or to help gauge the height difference between the curb and the level of the parking lot violated applicable building codes as well as Federal American with Disabilities Act guidelines. A few days after the accident, a bar was constructed and the ramp was made safer. Unfortunately, it was too late and the damage had already been done.

The family of the victim is still coping with the loss of their loved one, but this substantial recovery has given them something to look forward to.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys law firm’s Los Angeles premises liability attorneys represent people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident, defective product or negligence throughout California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury and defective product cases, involving car accident, dog attacks and defective products.

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