Premises Liability

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

$9.9 million net verdict for 70-year-old in trip and fall at restaurant. Los Angeles County.

Studio publicity head trips on step in restaurant converted from residence built in 1928. Quadriparesis. Farmers Insurance failed to settle within policy limits.

  • Case Name: Arlene Ludwig v. Hacienda Paraiso, a Calif. Corp.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trip-and-fall at House of Blues results in elbow injury, chronic pain. $700,000. Los Angeles County.

Restaurant/night club installs trench cover on sidewalk, patron trips on raised edge of cover. $175,000 pretrial offer from defense.

  • Case Name: Rene Gray v. House of Blues Los Angeles Restaurant Corp.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, June 09, 2014

Patron alleges sexual battery by employee in restroom at bar. $5.42 million. Los Angeles County.

Female patron alleges she was sexually battered by a West Hollywood bar's employee in a unisex restroom; claims negligent security against the bar owners.

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. 696 North Robertson (dba Here Lounge), et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

72-year-old immigrant trips in planter at his doc's office. $75K offer. $782K net verdict. Orange County.

Immigrant (a new citizen) trips on a planter after visiting his doctor.  He's 72 but says he would have worked until age 78. Liability is disputed and plaintiff served a CCP 998 offfer.

  • Case Name: Julio Cesar Pinzon Altamar v. Alonzo J. Flores
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 06, 2014

Trip and fall on drain in lawn at mobile home park. $311,899 awarded. San Diego County.

Self-employed plumber trips over uncovered drain in large lawn at mobile home park.  Collar bone fracture and shoulder tear requiring surgery.  No claim for lost earnings.

  • Case Name: Don Hemphill v. Wright Family LLC dba Roadrunner Club; et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 23, 2013

Hot tea spilled in restaurant causes burns, irreparable scarring. Jury awards $140,000. Los Angeles County.

Waitress in a cabaret bringing hot water for tea, spills it onto patron's lap, causing burns and scarring. 

  • Case Name: Williams v. Reynolds dba M Bar & Restaurant
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

$55 million against security company at apartment complex after gang shooting. San Bernardino County.

Teenager shot by gang member at apartment complex after security guard fails to break up gang party or warn residents of danger.  $1 million policy limits opened up after insurer fails to settle.

  • Case Name: Antonio Steward vs. Stratus Security Services, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Laborer doing electrical work is electrocuted on job site. $14.3 million awarded. Fresno County.

A laborer instructed to work on a door bell is electrocuted on job site; no workers' comp coverage.  Developer/contractor is held liable.

  • Case Name: Consuelo Martinez, individually and as Successor In Interest to Francisco Martinez Moreno; Trinidad Moreno; and Sophia Martinez, a minor, by and through her Guardian Ad Litem Consuelo Martinez v. Herndon Partners, LLC, Amador Electric, Does 1-100
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Breaking chair leads to verdict of $85,529. Los Angeles County.

Shopper sat in a mall food court. When the chair leg broke, she suffered injuries that continued to plague her.

  • Case Name: Eileen Thomas v. Westfield, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 28, 2012