Dog Bite Lawsuit
According to premises liability California (and most other states), a homeowner is basically responsible for the safe condition of the home, including pets that are allowed to freely roam the premises. More often than not, dog bite lawsuits involve a dog biting a human, but increasingly animals are regarded not as property but as a member of the family, and some dog v. dog suits are duked out in court.
The Mengarellis's, the Pomeranian's owner/guardians, filed suit against Angela Marquardt, the woman who owned the English Mastiff, as well as the animal hospital they claim was negligent in causing the death to happen. They are seeking more than $50,000 from Marquardt and the animal hospital where the mauling occurred (it was the hospital's annual Holiday Open House).
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Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Gregorio Valdez filed a slip and fall lawsuit against Walmart, claiming the store caused him to slip and fall on a puddle of water that was carelessly left on the floor. Apparently a Walmart employee knew the spill was there, but didn't get a chance to clean up. Valdez claims he was seriously injured due to the fall and is seeking actual and special damages, as well as court costs.
"Usually a dangerous condition created or known by the owner can make them liable," says Los Angeles premises liability attorney Kip Scott.