Homeowners in California could be held liable for any injuries that an entrant incurs on their property. The success or failure of a premises liability claim may depend, though, on the status of that entrant. The courts will likely focus on whether the entrant was an invitee, licensee or trespasser.
California residents should know that water parks can be dangerous places. Back in 2016, the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, was closed down after a 10-year-old boy riding a waterslide was decapitated. That waterslide, called the Verrückt, was 169 feet (approximately 17 stories) tall and was, in fact, the tallest of its kind in the world.
On Aug. 3, a Walmart Supercenter in El Paso became the site of a mass shooting. One of the families affected by it has now filed a lawsuit against Walmart, claiming that it could have prevented the incident with on-site active security. California residents should know that in cases involving violent acts on another's property, plaintiffs must meet a high standard when it comes to the burden of proof. This lawsuit may change things.
Stores in California and nationwide have a legal obligation to maintain reasonably safe spaces for customers and visitors. A married couple that survived a mass shooting at a Walmart on Aug. 3 believes the store failed to provide proper security. The husband and wife have filed a lawsuit against the retailer claiming that the store should have employed armed security guards.
Millions of California residents use elevators every day without incident. However, the convenient vertical transport devices can malfunction. Most of the time, these malfunctions are minor, but they can sometimes be deadly.
California fans of singer and rapper Drake may be aware that attendees of his concerts sometimes get too enthusiastic. A New York woman believes that the Canadian singer and the people who put together one of his Madison Square Garden shows didn't take proper precautions to prevent her serious injuries. The 24-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against the singer, the venue and the entertainment company that put on the show.
The slip-and-fall lawsuit is one of the most frequent types of personal injury lawsuits in California and the rest of the United States. One reason for the frequency of these cases is that there are many reasons a slip-and-fall incident can occur. In situations in which individuals trip or slip and then fall on property that belongs to another party, and the property owner failed to take the necessary actions to prevent or correct an issue that resulted in the slip and fall, that property owner may be financially liable for injuries sustained on the property.
Having a floor maintenance program is essential for any commercial property owner in California. Otherwise, they will only put employees and clients at a higher risk for slips, trips and falls. These accidents are already the number one cause of workers' compensation claims, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. And over two million fall-related injuries every year are directly related to floors and flooring materials.
All business owners in California and across the U.S. have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for entrants. What's important to remember is that this environment extends to the parking lot. If owners neglect this duty, they may be held liable for any injuries that a customer or employee incurs in this area.
In California and across the U.S., trampoline parks are becoming more popular, but there is still question as to how safe they really are. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has published the results of a study comparing the rate of severe injuries at trampoline parks to trampolines at home. It turns out that while home trampolines see more injuries in general, 66% as opposed to 34%, the parks experience more dislocations and fractures.