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College is often cited as being some of the best four years of a young person’s life. Orange County is home to several outstanding public institutions, from UC Irvine to Santa Ana College, that train the brightest minds in the country. However, one accident can change what is supposed to be an educational and fun experience into a nightmare. Following an accident that was the fault of your university, you may be wondering just how you can hold your school accountable. Afterall, they are supposed to keep you safe and healthy, and they failed that responsibility. Unfortunately, when it comes to public colleges in California, filing a personal injury claim isn’t that easy.
Most people brush off slip-and-falls as clumsiness, even if it was someone else’s fault. When no injuries are involved, this makes sense; no one wants to make a fuss over something small. But if you fall down a dark staircase or cracked your head because restaurant staff didn’t clean up a spilled drink, then a small fuss would be the least of anyone’s worries.
A report from the FBI showed that some Orange County cities saw a rise in violent crime in 2018, as stated in an article on Patch. These cities include Dana Point, Fullerton, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Wood, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Placentia, and San Clemente. Violent crime can occur anywhere. Even Irvine, which prides itself on being the safest city of its size for the 14th year running, experienced 160 violent crime incidents in 2018.
When we send our children to school, we are relying on the educational system to keep them safe. Kids get hurt every day when negligent school systems fail to maintain a secure environment. What recourse do parents have when their children are injured at school? One option may be to hold the school district accountable through a premises liability claim.
It’s that time of year again when parties with family, friends, and co-workers are plentiful and slips and falls will be on the rise! As a party host, you have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. If your responsibility is not met, you may find yourself liable for slip and fall accidents should they occur, also known as premises liability. However, understanding the factors that can lead to slip and fall accidents and taking the proper precautions can prevent your holiday party from being ruined by an otherwise avoidable accident.
With the holidays upon us, party planning is in full swing. Like any other holiday season, many party hosts and partygoers will have to deal with holiday party injuries, that will definitely “throw a wrench” into a night of merriment.
During this holiday season, social hosts and homeowners in California should be extra careful about liability for holiday party injuries. Who is liable and how can you help keep your guests safe? Our personal injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie provides advice and guidance that will keep your holidays merry.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, you might be planning an office holiday party in order to boost teamwork and morale amongst your own employees. But did you know that the office party opens you up to liability for a workplace lawsuit? Here are nine tips for employers to minimize liability risk at company holiday parties.
Serving alcohol at your company holiday party can be a liability and can often bring more than just intoxicated high jinks. Celebrating the season can sometimes mean crossing the line — ranging from offending a coworker to violating the law. Partygoers who overindulge could cause an accident at or after the party and/or they may act in ways that violate your harassment policy.
Millions of people all over Southern California venture into grocery stores and department stores on shopping trips but never consider the possibility they might suffer serious injury. Department store and supermarket accidents are far more common than many people realize. Serious injuries in stores may be caused by a slip, trip and fall accident, falling merchandise that is improperly stacked, and other types of hazards. Those who hold their business open to the public like a retail store have a legal obligation under California premises liability law to make the premises reasonably safe for patrons and/or to warn patrons regarding potential non-obvious hazards.
Recently, the California Court of Appeals issued a decision affirming a summary judgment issued by a trial court in favor of Target Corporation in a slip and fall case. The suit was brought by Sandra Torres after she slipped and fell in a Target store in Santa Fe Springs, California. She claimed that she slipped and fell around fifteen minutes after entering her store because of an unknown item under her sandal that caused her to lose her balance. After she fell, she noticed a green crumpled wrapper on the floor that she had not noticed before she fell.
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