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GLENDALE: Girl Seriously Injured In Glenoaks Park Accident After Being Hit By Falling Tree Branch During Birthday Party


Sep 21, 2018

Multiple Teenagers Injured In Accident Involving Falling Tree Limb At Glenoaks Park During Birthday Party

 GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA (September 20, 2018) – A group of teenagers sitting under a tree were injured in an accident after a 12-foot tree limb fell 30 feet directly on top of them at Glenoaks Park in Glendale.

The group of teenagers were gathered together to celebrate a 5-year-olds birthday party and were hitting a piñata when the accident took place.

Jose Aleman, who was attending the party, said that he heard a loud crack before the tree branch came down.

Glendale police rushed to the scene in order to help victims that were injured.

One girl sustained a broken collarbone and had to be taken to the hospital in a stretcher.

The age and condition of the tree at Glenoaks Park are still unknown at this time.

Tree Accident Causes

Falling trees in public areas can leave pedestrians with traumatic injuries and may even result in death. This is why it’s so important for trees to be properly maintained.  Here are just a few of the signs that may point to a potentially hazardous tree:

  • Growth: Healthy trees will continue to grow year after year. A slowed growth rate will often indicate disease.

  • Branches: Branches on healthy trees are supple and easy to bend. They will be green underneath the bark. Dead branches don’t bend easily and will tend to snap.

  • Insects: There are many species of insect which can cause serious tree damage. An infestation of insects in a tree can be a sign of poor health.

  • Wilting: Trees that are under stress tend to wilt. This usually takes place due to a lack of water, disease, root-decay or over fertilization.

  • Disease: Fungus around the base of a tree can be a sign of root decay. Diseased trees can become unstable and fall over unexpectedly.

Depending on where a tree is located there may be multiple entities responsible for its care. Property owners that fail to care for their trees may be liable in the event of an accident.

Liability In Accidents Involving Falling Trees or Branches

Property owners must take steps to make sure that their property is free from obvious hazards. With respect to trees in public parks, the owner will usually be a city or state entity. Cities in California are obliged to perform periodic checks on their trees to make sure that they aren’t in a dangerous condition. Inspectors should check trees for obvious signs of decay and wear. Tree scientist Pascal Pirone has said that more than half of problems with trees can be traced back to root disease.

Tree accidents are not simply “freak occurrences” that happen without warning. They are often the predictable consequence of poorly maintained trees. A public entity like a city may be liable for a tree accident if they were given constructive notice of a dangerous condition caused by a tree and failed to take corrective action. Moreover, a city may be liable if the should have known that a tree was in a dangerous condition and failed to take action. This may occur if city inspectors fail to perform routine checks on the trees. Victims may be able to file a personal injury claim in order to recover money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help After A Tree Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our good wishes to all of those that were injured in this accident. We hope that they recover quickly and steps are taken to make Glenoaks Park safer. It is our sincere hope that investigators will look into the tree in question. Was there root decay? Were there routine inspections of the trees at this park? The city needs to be held accountable for what’s happened. This could have ended much worse.

If you or someone that you love has been injured after being hit by a falling tree in Glendale you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of highly experienced premises liability attorneys have recovered over 1 billion dollars for our deserving clients. We will fight hard to get you the compensation that you deserve and you owe us nothing if we don’t win your case. Call us today for a free consultation  (888) 888-9285. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to help.

Sources:

  1. ANTHONY KURZWEIL AND WENDY BURCH. 3 Children Injured by Falling Tree Branch During Birthday Party in Glendale. September 17, 2018

  2. VANESSA RICHINS MYERS. The Key Signs of a Healthy Tree. February 23, 2018.

  3. Lisa L. Burban, John W. Anderson. Storms Over the Urban Forest: Planning Responding, & Regreening. A Community Guide to Natural Disaster Relief. 1995

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