|Pontiacs seat collapses
The seatback of a Pontiac Sunbird collapsed in a
low-speed collision, causing severe whiplash and concussion (Norris v. General Motors
Corp., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Refinery worker burned
A refinery worker sustained third-degree burns when he stepped into a drain hole filled
with boiling oil and water (Diaz v. Irwin Industries Inc., Los Angeles County Superior
Sexual harassment claim
A female sales manager suffered sexual harassment and discrimination in the course of
her work in the marble/granite/tile business (Hernandez v. Thasos Corp., Sacramento County
Retaliatory firing by co-op
A supervisor at a grocery co-op was terminated in retaliation for complaints of fraud,
theft and sanitation (Payne v. Certified Grocers of California Ltd., Los Angeles County
Cyclist killed on highway
A motorcyclist was killed when traffic came to a stop due to a motorists
confusion in a construction zone (Jungsten v. State of California, Sacramento County
Elder abuse claimed
An elderly patient who fell at a convalescent hospital claimed the hospitals acts
constituted elder abuse (Swaine v. Palmcrest Medallion Convalescent Hospital, Los Angeles
County Superior Court).
A groundskeeper who was bitten by the property owners dog while working claimed
nerve damage and fear of dogs (Reichardt v. Hinz, San Bernardino County Superior Court).
Developers of townhouses in Benicia were victorious in their lawsuit against
subcontractors for construction defects (Parmenter v. Alma Associates, Solano County
Blood machine defect
A cardiopulmonary bypass machine deprived a 4-year-old of blood flow during surgery,
causing ischemic injury (Woods v. Inland Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, San
Bernardino County Superior Court).
Orchard Supply trip/fall
A customer tripped over a merchandise display in a hardware store injuring her neck,
ribs and knee (McMahon v. Orchard Supply Hardware, Santa Clara County Superior Court).
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