Premises Liability | Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie Blog - Part 2
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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