This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 05/14/2022 at 14:10:31 (UTC).

ELVA LOPEZ NAVARRO, ET AL. VS DELTA AIRLINES, INC., ET AL.

Case Summary

On April 7, 2022, Elva Lopez Navarro, Jose Lopez, Lidia Angelica Lopez and Elvia Lopez (hereinafter “Plaintiffs”), represented by Azizzadeh Shawn, filed a personal injury lawsuit against Los Angeles World Airports (hereinafter “Defendant” or “LAX”) and Does 1 to 50 (collectively “Defendants”), seeking an award of general and special damages along with costs and other reliefs for the Defendants’ alleged negligence. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in the Spring Street Courthouse with Judge .

 

In their complaint, the Plaintiffs alleged that, “On or about July 13, 2021, Plaintiffs were scheduled to board flight 840 with Delta Airlines, departing from Los Angeles, California at 8:08 a.m., arriving in Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii at 10:55 a.m. Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel was wheelchair bound and personnel from Defendant, Delta Airlines, Inc. instructed Mr. Rangel that he would need to board through a separate entrance than the rest of the passengers. Plaintiff, Elvia Lopez, asked if her mother, Elva Lopez could assist Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel through the separate entrance and onto the plane. Delta Airlines, Inc. personnel instructed Plaintiffs that they could not accompany Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel and that Delta Airlines, Inc. employees would be assisting Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel onto the aircraft without the family present.”

 

The Plaintiffs further alleged that, “Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel was taken through a separate entrance by Delta Airlines, Inc. personnel to board the plane. Delta Airlines, Inc. personnel placed Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel on a steep ramp to enter the aircraft. While on the ramp, Mr. Rangel’s wheelchair fell backwards and off the ramp causing Mr. Rangel to fall to the ground and sustain severe injury including, but not limited to (1) head laceration; (2) occipital hematoma; (3) occipital skull fracture; and (4) confused speech. His medical records note that “patient’s mental status deteriorated within first 2 hours in ED.”

 

The Plaintiffs also alleged that, “Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and thereon allege, that at all times mentioned herein, DELTA, including DOES 1 through 50, inclusive, owed a duty of care to all reasonably foreseeable people, invitees and guests, including Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel, and Plaintiffs, to reasonably, and safely, assist Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel onto the aircraft. Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and thereon allege, that Defendants, and each of them, improperly installed the steel ramp, described above, at an unreasonably high incline and in a manner that had a propensity to cause wheelchairs to fall backwards.”

 

The Plaintiffs then alleged that, “As a legal, direct and proximate result of the reckless and negligent conduct of Defendants, and each of them, Plaintiffs have sustained damages resulting from the loss of love, affection, society, service, comfort, support, right of support, expectations of future support and counseling, companionship, solace and mental support, as well as other benefits and assistance of Decedent Ricardo Lopez Rangel.”

 

The only claim for relief laid down by the Plaintiffs is for alleged negligence – wrongful death.

 

In their prayer for relief, the Plaintiffs have requested the Court for a judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs on all causes of action, an award of general and special damages in a sum according to proof on all causes of action and for all fees and costs, including attorney’s fees, along with any further relief that the Court considers just and proper.

 

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Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    *******1846

  • Filing Date:

    04/07/2022

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Other Personal Injury

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

 

Party Details

Plaintiffs

LOPEZ ELVIA

LOPEZ JOSE

LOPEZ LIDIA ANGELICA

NAVARRO ELVA LOPEZ

Defendants

DELTA AIRLINES INC.

LAX WORLD AIRPORT

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

AZIZZADEH SHAWN

 

Court Documents

Unknown - ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PACKET

4/7/2022: Unknown - ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PACKET

Unknown - FIRST AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: PERSONAL INJURY PROCEDURES

4/7/2022: Unknown - FIRST AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: PERSONAL INJURY PROCEDURES

Unknown - SECOND AMENDED SUPPLEMENTAL STANDING ORDER RE: COVID PROTECTIVE MEASURES RELATED TO FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE

4/7/2022: Unknown - SECOND AMENDED SUPPLEMENTAL STANDING ORDER RE: COVID PROTECTIVE MEASURES RELATED TO FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE

Unknown - THIRD AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE

4/7/2022: Unknown - THIRD AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE

Notice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case

4/7/2022: Notice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case

Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet

4/7/2022: Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet

Complaint

4/7/2022: Complaint

Summons - SUMMONS ON COMPLAINT

4/7/2022: Summons - SUMMONS ON COMPLAINT

Civil Case Cover Sheet

4/7/2022: Civil Case Cover Sheet

Unknown - SIXTH AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE

4/7/2022: Unknown - SIXTH AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE

 

Docket Entries

  • 04/03/2025
  • Hearing04/03/2025 at 08:30 AM in Department 29 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal

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  • 10/05/2023
  • Hearing10/05/2023 at 08:30 AM in Department 29 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Non-Jury Trial

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  • 09/21/2023
  • Hearing09/21/2023 at 10:00 AM in Department 29 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Final Status Conference

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketNotice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case; Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketComplaint; Filed by Elva Lopez Navarro (Plaintiff); Jose Lopez (Plaintiff); Lidia Angelica Lopez (Plaintiff) et al.

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by Elva Lopez Navarro (Plaintiff); Jose Lopez (Plaintiff); Lidia Angelica Lopez (Plaintiff) et al.

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketSummons (on Complaint); Filed by Elva Lopez Navarro (Plaintiff); Jose Lopez (Plaintiff); Lidia Angelica Lopez (Plaintiff) et al.

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketVoluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet; Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketFirst Amended Standing Order re: Personal Injury Procedures; Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketSecond Amended Supplemental Standing Order re: COVID Protective Measures Related to Final Status Conference; Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketThird Amended Standing Order re: Final Status Conference; Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketSixth Amended Standing Order re: Mandatory Settlement Conference; Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/07/2022
  • DocketAlternate Dispute Resolution Packet; Filed by Clerk

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