In Southern California, visitors and residents are privileged to have an abundance of stores, shops and other businesses that provide a variety of choices when it comes to dining and shopping. Thanks to premises liability laws, business and property owners are legally obligated to provide a safe and hazard-free environment for all visitors. According to these laws, if any hazards are present, they must be repaired or removed. If removal is not possible, warnings must be posted so that customers are aware of the dangers. Unfortunately, not all business owners choose to adhere to these laws.

Recently, a woman filed a lawsuit against a McDonald’s restaurant in another state after she allegedly fell and suffered injuries. The woman alleges she visited the restaurant and, as she was inside the building, encountered a liquid substance on the floor. Allegedly, the liquid caused her to slip and fall.

The woman claims she suffered injuries to her body, head, face and shoulder. She also asserts she incurred medical expenses as a result of her injuries. The lawsuit claims the defendant carelessly and negligently failed to maintain the restaurant in a safe manner, allowed the hazard to exist and failed to warn customers about the liquid on the floor. The plaintiff seeks over $50,000 in damages.

Each year, thousands of people across the United States are injured in accidents just like this. Victims in California who have been injured due to the negligence of property or business owners can pursue legal action by filing a premises liability claim in civil court. If successful, a lawsuit could provide victims and families with much-needed compensation to help with medical expenses and replace lost wages.