California investigators are attempting to determine the cause of a serious accident that left 25 high school students injured after a theater stage collapsed. The incident, which occurred at Servite High School in Anaheim, sent about 250 female students plunging five feet to the floor when the stage buckled. Those victims suffered injuries including contusions, abrasions and some fractures. The dangerous condition of the property may have played a role in the injurious accident.
Inspectors say that the young women were visiting the all-boys school from their all-girls institution, Rosary High School. They were singing and dancing when the stage collapsed. Inspectors say that the stage may have broken because too many students were permitted to occupy the premises. It appears that an add-on to the stage collapsed; that part of the facility was extended in the 1980's.
Investigators say they are also checking the school's relevant permits to ensure that the stage was rated for a specific weight limit. Authorities expect the investigation to take about two weeks. Ultimately, most school representatives and officers are simply glad that no one suffered serious injuries because of the dangerous property condition. An internal investigation is also underway within the church organizations that sponsor the school events.
Victims who have been injured because of a negligent property owner -- even a church or school -- may be eligible to receive financial compensation for their wounds. Those damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress and medical costs, among other civil claims. Although many of us think of premises liability cases as consisting of slip-and-fall accidents at grocery or retail stores, such incidents can happen in a variety of locations. A California attorney can provide additional information about legal rights and options.
Source: USA Today, "2 dozen injured as California school stage falls" No author given, Mar. 09, 2014