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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Maybe Pismo can sell the PISMO BEACH letters in the parking lot to pay for the lawsuit. Win-Win!


If this were in any other country these women would be laughed out of town. If you do something stupid and get hurt it’s your own damn fault. Simple as that.


Who would have guessed? Something fun, new, and cool comes to town for people to enjoy, and right away awful people and their lawyers swoop in to ruin it for everyone. I’m sad that those women got hurt, but nobody forced them to go down the slides. We live in an insane world.


Everybody wants a pay day…ethical or not. And there’s a toilet full of attorneys only too willing to oblige. Years ago a relative who worked for county schools told me the reason they chained up and locked playgrounds at schools (paid for by tax payers) was kids would fall and parents would sue. Liability, everyone wants a pay day. Good thing the lawsuit includes the concrete company…wouldn’t those criminals to slink away. Sometimes you do something stupid and get hurt. What is it these days that no one wants to accept personal responsibility? Whether its inciting a mob to block a freeway, being stupid on an airliner, or adults completely ignoring warning signs and getting hurt on something designed for children. Sorry kids, no more fun. Idiotic adults have taken away your fun.


“…the designers did not take into consideration that people of different sizes would use the slides…”

That’s legal talk, for “obese adults may be stupid or arrogant enough to use the slides, despite a lifetime of knowing they are not physically capable of using some facilities their size and weight were designed for, before injury occurs, and their personal lack of humility creates a scenario for lawsuit.”


My mother and I predicted this the moment we saw the slides. Looks like something out of the 1920’s in a cool way, but maybe not the smartest on the cities end considering the lawsuit happy climate. We like it but knew that some sad sap would pull something like this. Sucks


Sometimes a little Darwinism can’t hurt, to bad it didn’t totally work

Downtown Bob

Disgusting that Frederick wanted to be a County Supervisor a few years ago just shows all she really cares about is money.


1) Humbly suggest counsel for PB have the plaintiffs stand next, with full length mirrors displaying the ‘adult’ rotundity, betwixt cardboard cutouts of a five and a twelve years old.

2) “adults would face a risk of landing hard onto concrete on their tailbones” THAT is surprising! BTW please tell these ‘adults’ “don’t ride tricycles” … LOL