Lopez v. Safeway Inc.
On April 25, 2003, upon entering a Safeway grocery store, Plaintiff, age 82, slipped and fell on a water spill created by a store employee. The fall occurred while the employee had gone to the back of the store to retrieve a mop to clean up the spill. The employee claimed to have placed three warning cones in the area prior to leaving it. Plaintiff first indicated that she saw no warning cones, then later stated there were cones but they were not properly placed to barricade customers from walking into the area of the spill. The fall caused Plaintiff to undergo a total knee replacement, with $60,000 in medical expenses incurred.