My question involves personal property located in the State of: California
Last week I discovered a slow leak in my tire, due to 2 screws that were lodged in the side of it, and ended up having to replace 2 tires on my car due to the screw punctures and the amount of wear on the other tires on the car.. Earlier that week, I had dropped a coworker off at their work parking lot, which has a pile of debris in the middle of it, as well as screws and rusted wires laying about. I have no doubt that I picked up the screws in this location, which is owned by my employer.
We have been told by our HR department that we are not allowed to park in the surrounding streets, and that if we do we may be terminated. However, we are also told that we park in the work-provided lots "at our own risk."
I asked the HR department for reimbursement for the tire, as the reason I got the nail in my tire is a direct result of their negligence in maintaining the lot in a safe manner. However, they maintain that I can't prove that I got the nail in their lot. I argue that out of all the places that I take my car on a daily basis, this place has the highest concentration of nails, screws, and other hazardous debris. Also, at least 2 other people have gotten a nail/screw in their tire from this lot in the past few months since it opened.
Should I be reimbursed or does "park at your own risk" protect the lot owner/my employer for their own negligence in keeping the lot free of hazardous debris?