Dangerous Condition Public Property

Dangerous condition of City of Long Beach bike path. Defense. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff on bike path through area congested with disembarking boat passengers collides with boat passenger or luggage.

  • Case Name: Nicholas Espinosa v. City of Long Beach et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 27, 2018

Sidewalk trip and fall in City of LA. $181.5K. Los Angeles County.

Woman walking home from bus stop trips on uneven sidewalk. Plaintiff admitted she knew the sidewalk was raised.

  • Case Name: Arlene Vallejo v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, January 29, 2018

Manhole cover in bike lane said to be cause of cyclist's crash. $6.7M. Santa Cruz County.

Manhole cover causes cyclist to swerve into traffic lane where he collides with car.

  • Case Name: Joseph C. Wessling v. Pacific Bell Telephone Company, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 07, 2017

Sidewalk trip and fall in Long Beach. $193K. Los Angeles County.

Trip and fall on sidewalk that City of Long Beach had previously repaired and was marked for replacement.

  • Case Name: Cortez v. City of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bicycle rider crashes at night due to raised sidewalk. $138K. Los Angeles County.

Tree roots damage sidewalk where bike rider falls at night when riding on sidewalk rather than in the adjacent bike lane.

  • Case Name: Larry D. Walker v. City of Pasadena, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 12, 2016

Passenger at LAX slips and falls in bathroom. $2 million. Los Angeles County.

Airline passenger slips and falls on wet floor in busy LAX bathroom.  Defense argues "it didn't happen" and the tile floor was safe.

  • Case Name: Lori Triplett v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 20, 2016

City of Long Beach disputes liability in sidewalk trip and fall. $145K. Los Angeles County.

When plaintiff trips on city sidewalk in his own neighborhood, the argument is over notice and the trivial nature of the defect.  

  • Case Name: Michael Williams v. City of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 29, 2016

High school student struck by car at school bus stop; $9.8 million. El Dorado County.

Teenager waiting for bus is struck by vehicle; claims bus stop was in dangerous spot. School district and county settle out before trial for $5.06 million.

  • Case Name: Carly Bray v. Kassandra Hoelscher
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, January 22, 2016

Caltrans fails to warn subcontractor of dangerous health conditions at work site. $12 million. Solano County.

Plaintiffs contract dangerous Valley Fever after doing construction work for Caltrans.

  • Case Name: Hukill, et al v. California Department of Transportation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, January 22, 2016

Serious burns to young camper result in verdict against park district. $2.9 million. Alameda County.

Severe burns to 10-year-old's hand and arm in fire-pit accident.

  • Case Name: Fabio Hornischer v. East Bay Regional Park District, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 19, 2015

15-year-old dies after being struck by car at dangerous crossing on way to school bus. $20 million. San Bernardino County.

School district hides evidence of its negligence in selection of bus stop locations and is sanctioned by court before trial. Later argues value of adopted son's death.

  • Case Name: Jong Ja Jun v. Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Imelda Hughes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dangerous sidewalk over freeway causes fall, $1.77 million verdict. Demanded $399,999. Santa Clara County.

When scientist trips on sidewalk, city and state argue over who is responsible for inspection of the sidewalk.

  • Case Name: Thibadeau v. State of California
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, June 05, 2015

Water district pipe leaks, damages commercial buildings. Contra Costa County.

Public water line leak alleged to damage commercial buildings. $331,000 net verdict after defendant had offered $1 million per CCP 998.

  • Case Name: Kelly v. Contra Costa Water District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 08, 2013

Woman trips at night on raised sidewalk. Jury awards $493,000 and defendant made no offer. Los Angeles County.

61-year-old woman trips on raised sidewalk at night, breaking her arm.  Defendant apartment complex denied fault for tree roots raising the sidewalk.

  • Case Name: Barbara Ferren v. Valley Village South Apartments, a California General Partnership; City of Los Angeles; County of Los Angeles; State of California/CALTRANS, and DOES 1 through 100, Inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 17, 2012