James E. Ballidis
Staples Center: 2-Year-Old Lucas Anthony Tang Suffered Fatal Fall
Shortly after Sunday night’s Lakers game, 2-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang suffered a fatal fall from one of the top-level luxury suites in Staples Center. The boy had attended the game with his parents and older sister. While the events preceding the accident remain unclear, the boy was reported to be moving before paramedics transported him to the nearby hospital where he died. Authorities are investigating the incident, explains a California injury lawyer.
Each year, approximately 103 children die from fall-related injuries in the United States, according to the nonprofit organization Safe Kids. Children account for 2.3 million fall-related injuries annually, the cause of over 2.2 million emergency room visits among children in 2005. Moreover, for children aged 14 years and younger, falls are one of the leading causes of accidental injury.
While more than 80% of fall–related injuries to children 4 years old and younger occur in the home, windows and playground equipment also pose a serious risk to toddlers and older children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has developed playground equipment guidelines, and fifteen states have passed playground safety legislation or regulations.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Lucas Anthony Tang, the 2-year-old boy who suffered the fatal fall at Staples Center on Sunday night.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.
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