Premises Liability

Proving Slip and Fall Allegations

Slip and fall incidents can dramatically change a victim’s life, producing injuries ranging from fractures of wrists and hips to major head injuries. Most fall injuries fall within the ambit of so-called premises liability law, which has its own special requirements – it’s not enough to snap a picture of the dangerous circumstance on your… read more

Slip and Fall Accidents Can Be Serious

People with a negative view of personal injury law often make fun of slip and fall cases. Often the victims of such incidents are portrayed in Movies and TV as exaggerating their injuries and wearing an unnecessary neck brace to court to sway the jury. The truth is, tripping or slipping and falling to the… read more

California Nightclub Held Civilly Liable for Patron’s Assault

A West Hollywood bar was recently held civilly liable for the sexual assault of a female patron. The woman, who is a 43-year-old news reporter, alleged that she was assaulted by an employee of the Here Lounge in 2009. A Santa Monica jury awarded the woman $5.42 million finding that the bar’s negligence contributed to… read more

San Francisco Scaffolding Tragedy: Who Is Responsible?

SFGate reports that two workers suffered life threatening injuries yesterday when scaffolding collapsed at a San Francisco high rise under construction. Coincidentally, just last week Walkup partner Matt Davis settled a case on the first day of trial on behalf of a woman badly injured by substandard scaffolding. He says that yesterday’s tragedy was almost… read more

San Francisco Among The Most Dangerous Cities For Dog Bites

San Francisco is the fourth most dangerous city in the country for mailman dog bites, according to recent rankings by the Postal Service. The USPS releases rankings of the most dangerous cities for dog bites to promote National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The USPS says that 5,879 of its employees were attacked in 2012 and… read more

South of Market restaurant to pay $134k to injured patron

A popular San Francisco restaurant was recently ordered by a jury to pay $134,956 to a patron who was severely injured after he fell down a flight of poorly lit stairs. This is one of many premises liability lawsuits being filed against Northern California restaurants as a result of a growing trend of restaurants packing… read more

California hotel guest wins $38M in slip-and-fall lawsuit

A California hotel guest recently won a $38.6M jury verdict against a hotel in a premises liability case. The hotel guest was at a Newport Beach Inn when he fell over a second story walkway railing and onto the parking lot below. The guest suffered catastrophic personal injuries including brain damage. The evidence, in this… read more

Contractor establishes constructive notice in slip-and-fall case

In our last post, we discussed a slip-and-fall case brought by a jewelry store’s independent contractor after he slipped on jewelry cleaning solution and fell in the store’s employee-only area. Evidence in this premises liability case indicates that the jewelry cleaning solution was kept in a 5-gallon bucket in the break room, which was accessible… read more

Sacramento jewelry store contractor sues after slip-and-fall

Slip-and-fall lawsuits against mall stores are common throughout California and are typically brought by store customers. One recent slip-and-fall lawsuit brought against a Sacramento mall store is slightly unusual because it involves an area of the store under the exclusive control of store employees. The premises liability lawsuit was filed by a jewelry repair specialist… read more

Trampoline center spinal cord injuries on the rise

In our last post, we discussed the growing number of children who suffer severe spinal cord injuries at trampoline centers. CNN reports that trampoline injuries caused over 90,000 emergency room visits in 2010 and the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued statements advising parents against letting their children use trampolines. “Although trampolines can be fun… read more