In May 2011, the San Francisco Bay Area played host to the Maker Faire, drawing attendees from San Mateo County and throughout California. The Maker Faire is a self-described family-friendly event, celebrating inventors, crafters and engineers. Most of the 100,000 people who attended the event last year reported that they enjoyed the family fun and learning opportunities the Faire provides.
One attendee, however, has filed a personal injury lawsuit over an injury she suffered at the 2011 Maker Faire. Dangerous conditions on public property can sometimes lead to injuries, and this woman stated in her lawsuit that she was hurt at an exhibit that was held in the San Mateo County Event Center, a public building.
In her suit, the woman claims that the injury occurred on an invention known as the "Waterfall Swing," which apparently whips people sitting in swings through a waterfall. She states that a rope snapped during her time on the ride and she fell to a wooden platform, causing her to suffer injuries to her back, hip and lower neck. As such, this woman is suing the person who designed the "Waterfall Swing," the event sponsor, San Mateo County and its facility.
When someone is injured in a public space, the city or county responsible for the space may be found liable. Whether the injury is due to a defective sidewalk or roadway, or the negligence of a government employee, a citizen may be entitled to compensation for suffering an injury. In this case, the woman did not request a specific amount in compensation, but she is looking for her medical bills to be paid, as well as damages for pain and suffering.
Source: MercuryNews.com, "Mom who fell off swing at Maker Faire sues designer, San Mateo County," Bonnie Eslinger, June 16, 2012