Premises Liability

Performer's stage dive at pre-Grammy show is shown to injure plaintiff. $4.5M. Los Angeles.

Young woman suffers stroke after being struck by stage diving DJ at concert. Both liability and causation were contested.

  • Case Name: Fraissl v. Moore et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Oily substance in trash room at mall causes store employee to slip and fall. $3M. Los Angeles County.

Store employee taking trash to the trash room slips on floor, falls backwards on her wrists.

  • Case Name: Ilona Mikaelian v. Glendale I Mall Associates, LLP, et. al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Truck driver unloading hay falls off ladder as he climbs to top of load. $3.5M. Los Angeles County.

A trucker has to untie his load of hay before defendant's workers can unload it. Facts in dispute.

  • Case Name: Bartolo Flores vs. Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.; Armando Doe; and Does 1 through 100, inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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

Esthetician slips on wet paint, causing long-term pain to her left hand. $7,885. San Diego County.

Defense says injuries are exaggerated and plaintiff over-treated.

  • Case Name: Grace Sousa v. Sal Concha Painting
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Construction worker's fall blamed on unsafe conditions. $2.8M. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff beats his CCP 998 demand when one subcontractor falls into unprotected trench dug by another contractor. 

  • Case Name: Carlos Salazar v. Cannon Constructors South, Inc. et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Failure to warn of traffic danger is claimed when motorcyclist dies. $5 million. Los Angeles County.

Restaurant patron turns the wrong way out of parking lot onto one-way highway.

  • Case Name: Eileen Annocki and Joseph Annocki, Sr. v. Peterson Enterpises, LLC dba Geoffrey’s Malibu and Terry Allen Turner, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 08, 2017

Apt. complex gate malfunctions, fractures tenant's arm as he tries to fix it. $1M. Los Angeles County.

Tenant blames landlord's faulty maintenance when his arm gets stuck in automated gate.

  • Case Name: Park v. Oh
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 08, 2017

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

Baseball comes through netting, strikes man in crotch. $600K. Stanislaus County.

Baseball coach standing next to batting cage is struck by ball that fractures his testicle.

  • Case Name: Lefebvre v. NC Valley Baseball, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hotel's history with bed bugs comes back to bite them with punitive damages. $546.5K San Bernardino County.

Family of three bitten by bed bugs during a one-night stay in hotel.  Hotel had prior and subsequent incidents of bed bug infestation.

  • Case Name: Martha McKindra, Alex McKindra, and Marcus McKindra v. Heritage Inn of Rancho Cucamonga
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 02, 2017

Decedent's mesothelioma caused by father's employment. $12.9M. Alameda County.

Father brings asbestos fibers home from workplace on his clothing. Son dies as an adult.

  • Case Name: Lanette Louise Lopez, et. al., v. The Hillshire Brands Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Plaintiff beat 998 after a stairway fall. $1.5M. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff thinks she is stepping into a closet, but it is a steep stairwell.

  • Case Name: Gilda De Paz v. VPMG 1772 Preuss, LLC; Vivian Aryeh, an individual, and Does 1 through 50 inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 14, 2017

Soft tissue injuries in slip and fall. $215K. Sacramento County.

Customer slips and falls in Save Mart Supermarket. Water leaking from air conditioner is blamed.

  • Case Name: Susan Oby, Robert Oby v. Save Mart Supermarkets
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Slip and fall on wet grass of apartment complex. $2.7M gross; $695K net. Santa Cruz County.

Tenant at apartment complex walks across wet grass to get a doggy poop bag.

  • Case Name: Nancy Gambino v. Cypress Point RE Investors, LLC, Braddock & Logan Services, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 30, 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