The managers and operators of the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower slide reached a settlement with a woman who said she broke her right ankle in 2016 after coming down the enclosed glass-enclosed attraction on the side of the tallest building on the West Coast.
Court papers filed Dec. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Gayle Yashar, 58, stated that her case against OUE Skyspace LLC and Legends Hospitality LLC, an entertainment company, were resolved. No terms were divulged. Defense attorneys stated in their court papers that Yashar assumed the risk of injury by riding down the slide.
Yashar’s husband, Morty, was a co-plaintiff, claiming loss of consortium. The Yashars, of Woodmere, N.Y., sought unspecified damages.
According to the complaint, Gayle Yashar was injured July 3, 2016, eight days after the slide opened. The suit alleges the slide was designed in a way that those who use it cannot slow down enough before reaching the end.
The complaint also stated that there were stacked mats at the end of the slide runout area.
“This created a gap that trapped the covered feet of riders,” the suit stated. “This increased the risk of serious injury for an ankle fracture which was far beyond the risk assumed by the uninformed and unsuspecting riders.”
The owners also failed to warn riders of the risks involved in coming down the slide, the suit alleged.
The Yashars’ attorney, Barry Novack, previously said the audio portion of a video taken of Gayle Yashar’s run includes the sound of a crack as she reaches the bottom. She realized she hurt her ankle after she tumbled and then got up, Novack said.
–City News Service
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