Premises Liability

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

Hole in restaurant kitchen floor is left unguarded, vendor falls. $867K. San Joaquin County.

Bakery rep delivering bread falls into construction hole in restaurant's kitchen floor.

  • Case Name: Payton v. Installation Services Technologies, Inc.; Darlene Machado dba Hollywood Cafe
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 26, 2016

Target found negligent when elderly woman falls over a stepladder in aisle. $1.7 million. San Diego County.

Target employee leaves a stepladder and cart full of cardboard in aisle; plaintiff falls over ladder.

  • Case Name: Hurley-Giddens v. Target Corporation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Plaintiff slips on water at an apartment building. $279K. Alameda County.

Plaintiff drank with cousin in cousin's apartment, then slipped and fell; cause disputed.

  • Case Name: Garcia v. Abeygoonesekera
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 22, 2016

Guest falls onto slope at racquet club, claims negligence. Defense verdict. Orange County.

Tennis spectator trips and falls from patio onto slope.

  • Case Name: Rie Nakajima v. Russell D. Miller dba Anaheim Hills Racquet Club
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 18, 2016

Fire alarm inspector falls from defendant's work ladder. $2.2 million. San Luis Obispo County.

Inspector uses ladder provided by the facility he is inspecting, falls 12 feet when ladder slips out.

  • Case Name: Frank Rivera v. The Ensign Group, Inc., Bella Vista Transitional Care Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 19, 2016

After fall, safety of step at commercial building entrance is disputed. Defense verdict. San Diego County.

Man trips and falls over single step at office building he's been at many times before, claims step was not well marked.

  • Case Name: Laimon v. Georges
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, November 20, 2015

Plaintiff with alleged BAL of .32 falls down outside stairs at her apartment, owner/manager 60% negligent. San Francisco County.

Football fan leaving her apartment to see pro playoff game falls down outside front stairway to her apartment.  Hospital enters high BAL in her chart. Plaintiff exceeds her CCP Section 998 offer.

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. Galu Realty, LLC & Estate of Dominic T. Galu, Sr.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, June 16, 2015