Premises Liability

$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

$1.6 million verdict to conference attendee injured when vehicle jumps curb at hotel. Orange County.

Hotel guest sitting on bench is pinned against wall when driver, attempting to park, jumps curb. Hotel found 25% liable for failing to provide a barrier. Leg and hip joint fractures.

  • Case Name: Khuong Nguyen v. Peninsula Hotel Management, LLC and Dzung Truong
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, February 06, 2012

$7.5 million verdict for chiropractor’s slip and fall in Starbucks. San Diego County.

A Starbucks customer fell on a tile floor that the manager had just mopped. The customer hit his head on the floor and was knocked unconscious. The defense offered $100,000, but the jury decided the case was worth over $7 million.

  • Case Name: Anthony Zaccaglin, et al v. Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 22, 2011

$135,250 for brachial plexus injury when metal bar falls from retail shelving. Riverside County.

Pet store customer injured when metal bar falls from shelving unit under construction; defendant says she shouldn't have been in the store.

  • Case Name: Rutan v. Baker
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 08, 2011

Costco customer struck by vehicle in outdoor food court. $2 million verdict plus $590K settlement. Los Angeles County.

A Costco customer sitting at an outdoor dining table is struck by an out-of-control motorist.  Plaintiff claims barriers were insufficient to protect patrons from parking lot traffic.

  • Case Name: Ruben Soto, Brunilda Soto, and Anabel Soto v. Costco Wholesale Corporation and Robert Alan Livingston
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, August 16, 2010