Premises Liability

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