(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this slip and fall case and its proceedings.)
It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this personal injury case could just as easily occur at any of the supermarkets in the area, such as Safeway, Raley’s, Bel Air, SaveMart, Walmart, or Whole Foods.
THE STRINGENT SUMMARY JUDGMENT STANDARD
A motion for summary judgment shall be granted only if all the papers submitted show there is no triable issue of any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law. CCP § 437c, subd. c); Molko v. Holy Spirit Assn. (1988)46 Cal.3d 1092. The Molko Court stated:
Accordingly, the function of the trial court in ruling on a motion for summary judgment is merely to determine whether such issues of fact exist, and not to decide the merits of the issues themselves. (Walsh v. Walsh (1941) 18 Cal.2d 439, 441.) Summary judgment is a drastic measure that deprives the losing party of a trial on the merits. (Mann v. Cracchiolo (1985) 38 Cal.3d 18, 35, 210 Cal.Rptr. 762.) It should therefore be used with caution, so that it does not become a substitute for trial. (Rowland v. Christian (1968) 69 Cal.2d 108, 111, 70 Cal.Rptr. 97.) For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.
The affidavits of the moving party should be strictly construed, and those of the opponent liberally construed. (Stationers Corp. v. Dun & Bradstreet (1965) 62 Cal.2d 412, 417, 42 Cal.Rptr. 449.) Any doubts as to the propriety of granting the motion should be resolved in favor of the party opposing the motion. (Slobojan v. Western Travelers Life Ins. Co. (1969) 70 Cal.2d 432,437, 74 Cal.Rptr. 895.) Molko, supra, at p. 1107. (See Part 8 of 12.)
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.