Premises Liability

Customer sues Costco, independent contractor for slip-and-fall accident

Surveillance footage showed that employees walked past a spill on the floor several minutes before a customer fell and sustained injuries, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, Division One said in a recent case.

In Hassaine v. Club Demonstration Services, Inc., a customer – the plaintiff in this case – was shopping at Costco Wholesale Warehouse Corporation’s Carmel Mountain Ranch location in San Diego. She slipped on a slippery substance on the floor of the aisle, fell flat on her back, and sustained injuries.

The plaintiff sought compensatory damages from Costco and San Diego-based Club Demonstration Services (CDS), the independent contractor that operated sample tables of food and non-food merchandise within Costco’s warehouses, based on negligence and premises liability.

The store’s surveillance video showed that, seven minutes before the plaintiff’s fall, a CDS employee twice walked past a dark spot that the spill made on the floor.

They Just Took Me Away – Florida’s Guardianship System

It’s been a year since Jan Garwood, a 72-year-old central Florida woman, won her freedom back and started trying to piece together what was left of her life.

In 2017, Garwood was placed in an assisted living facility against her will. A judge had declared her mentally incompetent and put her in the care of a professional guardian to protect her health and finances. The system was supposed to help her. Instead, Garwood felt like a prisoner.

She was stuck in a lockdown ward for three years, until a local activist and two attorneys managed to get her rights restored. By then, though, she’d lost more than three years. Her guardian had sold her house, leaving her temporarily homeless. All of her possessions were missing.

When the Bark is NOT Worse than the Bite

Dog bite claims are common among insurance carriers. The Insurance Information Institute reported $882 million in carrier liability for dog bites and injuries in 2021. In 2020, AP News reported 46 deadly attacks on humans by dogs and the average cost per dog bite claim that year increased to $50,425.

Types of dog bite claims
Insurance carriers see several types of dog bite claims. The most common involve house guests injured by a homeowner’s dog. Claims also arise when a dog gets off its leash or when a dog escapes the owner’s property and attacks a passerby. Establishments, such as pet-friendly hotels and businesses, may also see claims if a dog attacks a patron.

How does North Carolina law

Can a Business Owner Get Sued if They Don’t Salt Ice?

Ice?

Every business owner or landlord has a legal responsibility to maintain their property as a safe place free of hazards for customers, clients, and employees. They bear a direct legal liability for anything that goes wrong on their property, as long as the person who was affected had a legal right to be there.

If you’re a business owner and it’s snowing outside, you’d better make sure to shovel your walkway ASAP. Business owners are responsible for all of their property, not just the inside space. When the snow and ice pick up in the winter, owners can be held liable for slip and fall accidents on the ice outside if they fail to keep their premises safe.

Negligence

If someone slips and falls,

Supermarket Accident Compensation Claims – How Much Can You Realistically Get for Your Injury?

Supermarkets are the most frequented stores by the average American. As a result, injuries caused by store negligence are not uncommon, but neither are illnesses.

Common supermarket accidents often occur from damaged grocery carts, slippery floors, and floor mats. Malfunctioning automatic sliding doors, items falling from shelves, tripping over obstructions on floors, and uneven pavements or tar surfaces in parking lots are also culprits for frequent accidents. Finally, spoiled or tainted foods can also cause food poisoning.

There are countless regulations in the U.S. for ensuring food safety in establishments that sell food, including grocery stores. Supermarket managers and employees must also ensure customers are safe from injuries by removing potential hazards.

Premises liability laws apply to supermarkets with a duty of care, ensuring their

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