$3.2 Million In Damages to Concert-Goer Trying to “Get to The Greek On Time”

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Los Angeles personal injury attorneys Greg and Susan Owen from the law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen recently won $3.2 million in damages for a Greek Theater concert-goer who was injured in a remote parking lot in unsafe condition.

Denise Herron

what occurred in that parking lot in September 2, 2009, was unconscionable

With no lights and no pedestrian walkway available from a Nederlander Greek, Inc. operated parking lot, a night out became a nightmare. Los Angeles personal injury attorneys Greg and Susan Owen from the law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen recently won $3.2 million in damages for a Greek Theater concert-goer who was injured in a remote parking lot in unsafe condition.

The case of Denise Herron v. Nederlander Greek, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 78, Case No. BC436191) was handed to the jury for its final decision on Friday morning March 7, 2011 after a one-week trial in Department 78 of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Denise Herron, the plaintiff, and her boyfriend went to see the John Legend concert during the 2009 season and were directed to a parking lot which the parking attendants had named “The Jungle.” The Jungle is located in a Griffith Park canyon. John Muse, who has been a safety consultant for over 35 years, testified that the condition of this parking lot and the callous disregard for their patrons’ safety was the worst he had seen in the thousands of cases that he has investigated. He went so far as to say that the actions of Nederlander, the corporation which leases the Greek Theater from the City of Los Angeles, and manages the property, were quasi-criminal.

Greg and Susan Owen, Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, of the law firm Owen, Patterson & Owen represent the plaintiff in this action. Greg Owen, lead trial counsel, stated that “what occurred in that parking lot in September 2, 2009, was unconscionable. All of the lights in the parking lot had been out for several nights before the night that my client and her boyfriend went out for a very special evening, which turned into a nightmare. There’s a reason why they call this The Jungle.” It is essentially an area between two hills where they bulldozed the dirt several years ago. It is incredibly dangerous even when the lights are working. On this particular night, the conditions were described as “pitch black” by parking manager/Nederlander employee, Carlos Robles. Denise Minatoya, the operations manager for the entire facility, admitted on the stand that she had never even been to the Jungle at night in the eight years that she has managed the facility. When she was confronted with the conditions of the parking lot on the night that Denise Herron was injured, she admitted that Nederlander-Greek has exposed its guests to the risk of death or serious bodily injury every night of every season for the last eight years. Minatoya testified that she was unaware that the parking lot did not have a walkway for pedestrians to get to the Greek’s entrance.

The guests had two choices to exit the parking lot. The first was to walk down a narrow dirt road into oncoming traffic, which Minatoya agreed was extremely dangerous. The only other exit was to climb over a two foot fence with a three foot drop on the other side. She chose to take the less dangerous route by following other patrons over the fence. Unable to see where she was going, the plaintiff fell from the ledge. Four major surgeries later, her leg has not healed, and the bone is still in two pieces. She testified that she lost her job as the sports marketing director for the L.A. Sparks. She faces 3-5 more surgeries over the next few years. Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon, Keith Liberman, M.D., testified that there is a substantial probability that her leg may never heal.

The jury determined that the parking lot was a dangerous condition, and Nederlander-Greek, Inc.’s failure to provide a safe walkway for the guests caused Denise Herron’s injuries, which they valued at $3,236,455.31.

About Owen, Patterson & Owen:
Since 1977, the Owen, Patterson and Owen (OPO) team has successfully handled a range of personal injury cases ranging from slip and fall accidents to medical malpractice and wrongful death. Serving clients nationwide and headquartered in Valencia, Southern California, the personal injury law firm's clients rely on them to look out for their best interests. The firm's dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorneys played an instrumental role in obtaining a $4.85 billion settlement of the dangerous drug Vioxx and a record-setting $35 million pretrial settlement on behalf of a 12-year-old brain-damaged Palmdale girl. For more information, please visit http://www.OPOLaw.com or call 866.654.4947.

Greg Owen is available for comment at (661)799-3899.

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