Lawsuit accuses Pismo Beach of installing dangerous slides

June 9, 2021

A pair of women are suing the city of Pismo Beach, as well as architectural and construction companies, over spinal injuries they allegedly suffered last year from using allegedly poorly built and designed slides. [Tribune]

Last year, the city of Pismo Beach opened two concrete slides for public use. The slides lead down from Pier Plaza to the beach.

Tara Rodman and Karlee Hayden used the slides in Sept. and Oct. 2020 respectively. The slides propelled each of the women in a way they injured themselves upon landing, they claim. The women landed on their buttocks and their lower backs on the concrete landing area of slide.

On June 3, Nipomo attorney Jacqueline Frederick filed separate lawsuits on behalf of Rodman and Hayden. The suits name the city of Pismo Beach, RRM Design, and construction and concrete companies.

The plaintiff suffered severe and persistent injuries, including to her lower spine and tailbone area, one of the lawsuits alleges. The woman appeared to suffer damaged nerves, which required medical care. She has also endured radiating pain, according to the suit.

People who suffer these types of injuries often have lifelong pain, Frederick said.

Frederick is in the early stages of investigating the specific defects in the design and construction of the slides, she said. Still, the designers did not take into consideration that people of different sizes would use the slides, and adults would face a risk of landing hard onto concrete on their tailbones, the attorney alleges.

Several people have suffered injuries from using the slides, Frederick said.

The city acknowledged a safety risk by installing warning signs around the slides. The signs warn the slides are designed for kids ages 5 to 12; individuals should use the slides at their own risk; and falls could result in serious injury.

Both plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages, including for medical bills and lost wages.


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Those slides are awesome! Too bad people got hurt on them, but we can’t sanitize everything. We need to keep a healthy amount of “use at your own risk” type of stuff around.


Would have been better to build a standard playground slide.


The “standard” stuff does not get you in “as much” litigation trouble, got it? Prego, capisci?


I wonder what their BAC was at the time of the incident. We’ll never know I suppose, unless the city is fortunate enough to come up with some witnesses who could testify to a ball park idea of their condition.


They should have set up a camera watching the slides. Not only would the city have documentation of idiotic behavior to defend against lawsuits, but they could stream it online so we can all laugh at the drunk overweight central valley visitors eating sh*t at the bottom of the slide. :)


I think the city forgot the warning sign that says : Sliding Prohibited While under The Influence Of Drugs Or Alcohol

Jorge Estrada

This is why our infrastructure doesn’t get funded, the money is for retirement plans like “I sue everyone pays”. Try this in El Salvador and you get Bit Slugs.


The slide was designed for children. Period.


This is why we can’t have fun anymore. Someone always has to sue.


It says it’s for kids 5-12. Here’s a pair of grown ass women choosing to ignore the rules and trying to get paid for their idiotic actions. Suing for loss of enjoyment of life??? Like what? If hitting that blue cushion at the end hurt your tail bone, you were not in the kind of shape to handle a slide, and that’s on you. And oh yea, the rules said it’s for kids! Next thing you know, we’ll hear someone suing Pismo for walking across the street and texting….


If a biological male can call themselves a female and visa versa, why can’t a biological adult call themselves a child? In our new world you can be whatever you want. Age is just belief and you certainly couldn’t put a weight limit sign on the slide that wouldn’t be accepting of the weight challenged.

The texting and walking suit already happened, recall the lady who was walking across from the parking lot at the Cliffs and was struck and killed I think, evidence shows active texts to and from her phone, indicating she was paying move attention to her phone than the traffic, didn’t stop the lawsuit and I believe the plaintiff won.


“Use at your own risk”. Enough said. Hope they get nothing but a bill from their lawyer.


I’m sure they’ll get some sort of settlement to ‘go away’ and the city will remove the offending slides to the detriment of everyone else.

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