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Woman in custody following fatal accident in parking lot

When someone experiences the loss of a loved one in California, it is often tragic and emotional. However, these types of circumstances can be increasingly difficult to overcome when their loved one's death is the result of someone else's negligence or ignorance. 

Who is to blame if you are injured in a parking lot?

Whether you are walking, driving or riding in a parking lot in Oakland, one of the first questions that may cross your mind is who is to blame for any injuries you may receive if you have an accident in one. You could shatter your hip in a slip-and-fall accident, suffer a spinal cord injury in a collision or end up critically injured after being hit by a vehicle. There is also the possibility that you may die. Each year, more than 60,000 people become injured in parking lot accidents that involve motorists, states EHSToday. 

What should a business owner know about premises liability?

As a business owner in California, you are probably aware of the general liability you have to keep workers and customers safe. It is likely you understand slip and fall accidents and how they could affect you financially. However, this is not the only type of liability you face, and customers and employees are not the only people you have to protect. According to Forbes, your premises liability includes anyone who is on your property, such as vendors, neighbors and even in limited capacity criminals. 

What is the attractive nuisance doctrine?

As a parent in Oakland, you want your young children to be free to go outside and experience the carefree adventures that come with youth. At the same time, you are likely concerned that they will encounter certain conditions and attractions that, despite your warnings, they may not see as being dangerous. Since you cannot keep them locked up inside, you are left hoping that those who own the properties on which such attractions can be found have taken the necessary steps to prevent kids from being harmed by them. If they have not, can they be held liable if such an attraction injures your child? 

Understanding California premises liability law

California residents who go to a store, office, theater, concert, amusement park, friend’s home or virtually anywhere else expect to be safe while they are there. They do not anticipate that they will be in danger or likely to hurt themselves because the property is poorly maintained. In other words, they expect the premises to be safe, both outside and inside.

Who is responsible for repairing damaged sidewalks?

If you live in the city of Oakland, California, you may wonder who is responsible for damage to the sidewalk in front of your home. According to the City of Oakland, local and state laws assign responsibility for the upkeep of sidewalks to you, the property owner. This means if the sidewalk in front of your home is damaged in any way, you must fix it. If someone were to fall and get injured because of the damaged sidewalk, he or she could sue you for medical bills and other associated costs. Essentially, the sidewalk becomes part of your premises liability.

Dog bite laws and rental insurance

When a dog bite occurs, thoughts of liability usually come up immediately. The person bitten wants compensation for his or her injuries. The dog owner begins to worry about paying for such damages, and the landlord of the property may even be concerned about his or her liability, if any. A dog bite is an unfortunate situation, but when one occurs, the law usually steps in to handle liability issues.

Avoid Swimming Pool Liability Issues

With the amazing Californian weather, backyard swimming pools are quite popular. However, these fun spots are also very dangerous. They pose a risk to not only homeowners and invited guests but to anyone who can gain access to them. This makes it the pool owner's responsibility to ensure the pool is as safe as possible and that access is restricted and monitored. Pool owners can avoid liability issues by making a few assurances.

Why are seniors more susceptible to falls?

If you identify as a senior and live in California, your chance of suffering an injury relating to a slip or fall is considerably higher than that of the rest of the state’s population. Your risk of taking a tumble is so significant, in fact, that falls are the single-largest cause of injury, fatality and hospital visits among older Americans like you.

Conductor sues Union Pacific for dangerous condition at workplace

A conductor for Union Pacific Railway Co. has filed a lawsuit against his employer for failing to provide a safe working environment. The conductor filed the lawsuit at the end of May, about two months after he slipped and fell on a platform for the rail car he was working on. The conductor was trying to switch railroad cars, but a slippery substance on the platform caused him to slip and fall.

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