Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP attorneys Rahul Ravipudi, Gregorio Silva and Robert Glassman have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a California woman who was struck in the face by a drone after it fell from the sky during a light show and fireworks display at Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Filed in Clark County District Court, the complaint seeks relief against defendants Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, Great Lakes Drone Company and drone operator, Matt Quinn.
On June 30, 2018, Plaintiffs Monika and Joseph Nourmand were attending a Independence Day Celebration at the Las Vegas strip resort with family. Shortly after they stepped out onto the pool area to attend a Fireworks Viewing Party, a drone flying over the crowd as part of a light show struck Monika in the face, injuring her eye before hitting her mother-in-law who also suffered injuries on her back and neck. Video shot on scene shows the aftermath of the drone on the ground in pieces as the fireworks show continued
“Despite what some people may think, drones are not toys. They are extremely dangerous aluminum objects propelling through the sky and are a hazard,” Attorney Glassman told ABC News. “Monika is a young woman and new mom who suffered significant injuries, whose vision is now seriously compromised. We seek to hold them accountable for their actions and inactions.”
As alleged in the complaint, the drone operator and named defendants failed to exercise due care in allowing operation of unmanned aerial vehicles in a manner unsafe to patrons and other persons attending the Caesars Palace Fireworks Viewing Party. One or more of the drones were operated in a manner that caused it to collide with patrons, including plaintiffs, resulting in severe and permanent physical and mental injuries.
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