Alan J. Romero of Romero Law, APC has co-counseled with John A. Girardi of Girardi & Keese to prosecute a wrongful death action against 24 Fitness USA, Inc. and a related entity.
The complaint, filed in the Superior Court for the County of Riverside, alleges that 24 Fitness failed to comply with applicable California law requiring the existence and proper maintenance of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) devices in health clubs, with adequately-trained staff on-hand.
As described in the complaint, Estiban Mejia was a 24 year old married man who experienced a cardiac event in the Riverside 24 Fitness location and later expired, leaving behind a young widow and two infants. Representing the estate of the decedent, along with his widow and two young children, Romero Law, APC and Girardi & Keese allege, by and through the complaint, that 24 Fitness negligently failed to rescue the Mr. Mejia due to avoidable negligence on the part of the health club.
As 24 Hour Fitness was involved in another near-fatal failure to rescue a club patron with an AED device at another location, there is reason to believe that there exists the likelihood of substantial harm to individuals or the public interest as a result of these alleged violations of California Health & Safety Code § 104113. Any member of the public with knowledge or evidence of similar alleged violations pertaining to AED devices at such a health studio are advised to consult with this office.
The case is entitled Sandy Hernandez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc., et al., Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC1507931.