Articles Posted in Premises Safety & Liability

Hotel Security and Safe Premises — And What to do When They Aren’t

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the hotels, motels, inns, and B&Bs where we stay are our homes away from home. And just like when we’re at our real homes, we want to feel — and actually be — safe and secure when we’re at these temporary residences. The types of safety and security we expect in hotels are in the same categories as when we’re at home but happen in an environment where we are encompassed by strangers and unfamiliar surroundings.

$45 Million Award Upheld for Atlanta Man Shot in CVS Pharmacy Parking Lot

An appellate court decision in Georgia late in 2021 reiterated significant elements of inadequate security premises liability claims along with affirming a jury verdict of $45 million against CVS. The judgment was awarded to a man who sustained serious and permanent injuries as a result of a shooting incident in the parking lot of an Atlanta-area CVS Pharmacy.

A Year to Remember

The year 2020 was certainly one for the history books with our news dominated by Covid-19, political divisiveness and a hotly contested election, and popular unrest, marches, and demonstrations. However, all of this has served to reduce attention to something that would have dominated the news in a more normal year — a significant rise in gun violence nationwide.

Who is Responsible for Overflow Parking Lot Injuries?

Under California law, someone who becomes injured on private or public property due to negligence is eligible to file a compensation claim for premises liability damages. This law is spelled out under California Civil Code 1714(a), which covers liability involving premises. However, what if the owner or occupier is merely borrowing another property for their use? The following case illustrates that liability may not extend to properties that are neither owned nor controlled by the original owner/occupier.

Premises Liability Issues

Wherever individuals and families travel, they place their trust in the owner of that establishment. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that every common-sense precaution has been employed to keep everyone safe and avoid a premises liability issue. Problems that could occur in a premises liability include:

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Elderly Woman Injured in Roseville Robbery – Suspect Caught

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville premises liability lawyer.  A Sacramento man was arrested on October 26 for a robbery at a Home Depot store in Roseville that sent an elderly shopper to the hospital. 


Poor Security Could Be Liable for the Las Vegas Shooting

Weeks after the tragedy in Las Vegas, people are asking what could have been done to prevent it. Legal experts are asking similar questions. While everyone knows that Steven Paddock actually did the killing, many believe that a lack of precautions by the Mandalay Bay Hotel and the promoter of the Route 91 Harvest Festival were also to blame. Let’s take a look at this complex situation.


Conditions Creating Premises Liability

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Premises Liability Attorney. Possessors of land have a duty to people outside the premises to maintain safe conditions. An owner’s negligence or disregard for the safety of others can make them responsible should an accident occur.


Stadium Security a Pressing Issue to Keep Fans Safe

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Premises liability lawyer. With one pre-season game under its belt, the Sacramento Kings have five more to go before the regular season starts on October 18 at Sacramento’s Golden One Center, owned by the city and operated by the Sacramento Kings LP, LLC. The stadium has a capacity of 17,600 for basketball games and 19,000 for concerts.  With the tragedy in Las Vegas so fresh in everyone’s mind and heart, it is important that fans know the steps sports stadiums must take to keep fans safe.

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Premises Liability 101

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Premises Liability Attorney. With the recent housing market boom, many people are investing in real estate. If you are a homeowner, landlord, or tenant, the following information on premises liability may be of interest to you.

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