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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Pending - Other Pending
Personal Injury - Other Personal Injury
LOPEZ LIDIA ANGELICA
NAVARRO ELVA LOPEZ
DELTA AIRLINES INC.
LAX WORLD AIRPORT
4/7/2022: Unknown - ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PACKET
4/7/2022: Unknown - FIRST AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: PERSONAL INJURY PROCEDURES
4/7/2022: Unknown - SECOND AMENDED SUPPLEMENTAL STANDING ORDER RE: COVID PROTECTIVE MEASURES RELATED TO FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE
4/7/2022: Unknown - THIRD AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE
4/7/2022: Notice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case
4/7/2022: Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet
4/7/2022: Summons - SUMMONS ON COMPLAINT
4/7/2022: Civil Case Cover Sheet
4/7/2022: Unknown - SIXTH AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
Hearing04/03/2025 at 08:30 AM in Department 29 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Order to Show Cause Re: DismissalRead MoreRead Less
Hearing10/05/2023 at 08:30 AM in Department 29 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Non-Jury TrialRead MoreRead Less
Hearing09/21/2023 at 10:00 AM in Department 29 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Final Status ConferenceRead MoreRead Less
DocketNotice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketComplaint; Filed by Elva Lopez Navarro (Plaintiff); Jose Lopez (Plaintiff); Lidia Angelica Lopez (Plaintiff) et al.Read MoreRead Less
DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by Elva Lopez Navarro (Plaintiff); Jose Lopez (Plaintiff); Lidia Angelica Lopez (Plaintiff) et al.Read MoreRead Less
DocketSummons (on Complaint); Filed by Elva Lopez Navarro (Plaintiff); Jose Lopez (Plaintiff); Lidia Angelica Lopez (Plaintiff) et al.Read MoreRead Less
DocketVoluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketFirst Amended Standing Order re: Personal Injury Procedures; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketSecond Amended Supplemental Standing Order re: COVID Protective Measures Related to Final Status Conference; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketThird Amended Standing Order re: Final Status Conference; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketSixth Amended Standing Order re: Mandatory Settlement Conference; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketAlternate Dispute Resolution Packet; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
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