Local governments responsible in maintaining the good condition of parks, beaches, and other public places will face liability if it is proven that they have been negligent in doing so.
In Huntington Beach, a professional beach volleyball player has recently filed a $10,000 claim after she was injured in a beach volleyball court near the pier.
The 26-year-old Olivia Waldowski, from Fountain Valley, said that she was competing at the AVP tournament when she was injured by a piece of wood hidden beneath the sand after diving for a shot. The severe lacerations on her leg required stitches and she was unable to play for the rest of the season.
As indicated in the claim, the city could have prevented this accident had they scoured the playing area and removed debris that could injure the players.
Waldowski’s injuries may have affected her career and her earnings aside from the pain and suffering that the accident has caused her. If the city found that the claim is insufficient and rejects it, the athlete can file a lawsuit against the city for the damages on her end.
Here, she will need the expertise of a lawyer to assist her in her ordeal.
We hope she can quickly recover from this accident and that there will be no permanent damages to her leg so that she can continue playing professional beach volleyball.