Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney David Lederer Appears on CBS News Los Angeles to Discuss his Client's Serious Injuries

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David Lederer of Lederer & Nojima LLP is representing Noreen Goodbody in her lawsuit against the City of Manhattan Beach. Goodbody is seeking justice and compensation from the city for negligence after allegedly being struck in the face by a golf disc while at Polliwog Park.

Attorney David Lederer of Lederer & Nojima

My client is tremendously concerned that this type of injury could happen to someone else and she wants action taken before it does

On Monday February 17, 2014, an interview with Noreen Goodbody was aired on CBS News Los Angeles. Goodbody shared details about her ordeal that began in August of 2012. One of her attorneys, David Lederer, is also featured in the CBS news story. In the story, and in court documents, he alleges that the injury his client suffered was a direct result of the city's negligence.

According to the CBS News story and official court documents for case number BC522741 filed with the Central District of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Goodbody was at the park watching her daughter's track practice. She claims that she was unaware that a disc golf course was present at the park and was shocked when a heavy disk used in the game allegedly struck her in the left eye. The official complaint was filed in September of 2013 and Goodbody's attorneys, among them David Lederer of Lederer and Nojima, have requested a trial by jury.

Court documents allege that the city is responsible for dangerous conditions on public property and negligence. In the CBS interview and throughout court documents, Goodbody and her lawyers allege that there were not adequate warning signs or any clear indication that a disc golf course was part of the park. Additionally, Attorney Lederer says in the CBS news story that the golf discs used in the game are much heavier and extremely dangerous when compared to a typical Frisbee. The weight and sharp edges of the disc, the attorney alleges, contributed to the injuries including almost complete blindness in his client's left eye.    

In the television report Goodbody says she has lost all of the vision in her left eye as a result of the alleged incident. After four separate surgeries and multiple treatments to repair her eye, the CBS news story states that doctors have told her that there is nothing more that can be done.

CBS reports that the city is, thus far, arguing that the person who hit Goodbody violated golf disc park rules and that it is the player's responsibility to adhere to the rules of the game. But the court documents related to the lawsuit allege that the disc golf course was designed and implemented in an unsafe manner and that it "traversed through, towards, and nearby walkways and areas used by members of the public for purposes other than disc golf."

Goodbody argues that the city should do more to warn patrons or remove the unreasonably dangerous course that is just too close to other areas of the park. Children's parties, play structures and people on walking trails that traverse the golf disc course are commonplace at the park. In the CBS report, Goodbody points out that more should be done to keep the park visitors safe especially if they have no idea that the course is not separated from the rest of the park in any substantial way.

Lederer & Nojima, LLP is a Los Angeles-based personal injury law firm that handles an extremely-wide range of injury cases. Both David Lederer and John Nojima are former insurance company attorneys who now use their decades of experience for the benefit of plaintiffs rather than defendants. The firm is focused exclusively on injury victims' rights and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for people injured in bicycle accidents, car crashes, dog bites and a host of other serious injury accidents that occur on public or private property.

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