A dock along Mission Bay at the Bahia Resort in San Diego collapsed on Saturday‚ July 31‚ 2010‚ at 9:30 p.m.‚ sending over 100 people into the water and causing several to fall into the shallow three feet of water below. Several suffered injuries and had to receive medical treatment due to this San Diego premises liability accident.
The people were waiting for the Bahia Belle‚ a ship that travels around Mission Bay and takes off from the West Mission Bay Drive location.
According to witnesses‚ three separate pillars snapped one after another. People were sent into water and then others rushed out quickly. Thankfully‚ the collapse happened in the shallows near shore.
San Diego Fire Department personnel reported that four people needed medical treatment and one was taken via ambulance to Scripps Mercy Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
As of August 3‚ the Resort had begun investigating why the dock collapsed. While the dock is owned by the Bahia Resort‚ a subsidiary of Evans Hotels‚ the land on which the resort is located is leased from the City at a cost of $1.1 million per year. Provisions in the lease excuse the City from any liability‚ but fails to require any specific timeline for inspections by City. The City is not conducting any investigation itself.
In the meantime‚ the Bahia Belle is docked temporarily at the nearby Catamaran Hotel. Evans Hotels will be submitting plans to build a new dock‚ subject to approval by the City.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a dangerous condition on private property‚ please contact the San Diego slip and fall accident attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group at 888-233-5020 for a free consultation.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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