Trip and Fall

Plaintiff fractures knee cap during charity run/walk. $1M. Orange County.

Local store sponsors run/walk event for charity; woman is injured on the route through construction debris.

  • Case Name: Hollowell v. Road Runner Sports Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gym customer trips; defense falls apart over waiver. $636K. Los Angeles County.

Woman using the gym trips over an electrical box on the floor. Parties dispute liability release.

  • Case Name: Ziegler v. The Bay Clubs Company, LLC, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Supermarket trip and fall. Back injury to "eggshell" plaintiff. $490K. Santa Clara County.

72-year-old musician trips over pallet in supermarket, near the front door.

  • Case Name: Eddie Gale Stevens, Jr. and Georgette Gale Stevens v. SaveMart Supermarkets dba FoodMaxx
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sidewalk trip and fall in City of LA. $181.5K. Los Angeles County.

Woman walking home from bus stop trips on uneven sidewalk. Plaintiff admitted she knew the sidewalk was raised.

  • Case Name: Arlene Vallejo v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, January 29, 2018

Sidewalk trip and fall in Long Beach. $193K. Los Angeles County.

Trip and fall on sidewalk that City of Long Beach had previously repaired and was marked for replacement.

  • Case Name: Cortez v. City of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Server, age 59, tripped up at charity function. $1.3 million. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff server at Spago in Beverly Hills trips over a tripod at a banquet, sues the videographer who set it up.

  • Case Name: Cynthia Forgays v. Jorge Vivo
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 31, 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

Trip and fall in Westfield Culver City mall. $3.1 million. Los Angeles County.

Elderly woman trips and falls on ramp in shopping mall.

  • Case Name: Phyllis Barnett v. Westfield Group, and DOES 1 to 100, inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, January 27, 2017

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

City of Long Beach disputes liability in sidewalk trip and fall. $145K. Los Angeles County.

When plaintiff trips on city sidewalk in his own neighborhood, the argument is over notice and the trivial nature of the defect.  

  • Case Name: Michael Williams v. City of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 29, 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