People throughout the United States visit Southern California to enjoy the wonderful climate as well as the first-class shopping and dining venues. Restaurants and shops here are busy year-round. Fortunately, premises liability laws in California make it a requirement that all public establishments comply with established regulations to ensure the safety of all lawful visitors. However, something as minor as a foreign object in a walkway is enough to cause serious injuries to customers and may constitute grounds for legal action.
Shopper suffers injuries
Recently, a woman in another state filed a lawsuit against a department store after she fell and suffered injuries due to allegedly hazardous conditions. According to the lawsuit, the woman was shopping in the store when she suddenly encountered a wooden frame lying in the walkway. She claims the hazard caused her to fall and suffer injuries.
The woman claims she struck her head when she fell and suffered potentially permanent injuries. The wooden frame created a tripping hazard that was not visible to customers and no warning was provided, according to her. The woman seeks to hold the defendant responsible for allegedly allowing dangerous conditions to exist and failing to remove the hazard. She seeks damages in excess of $50,000 as well as all just relief.
Business owners and employees are required to provide a safe environment for customers or provide warning when hazardous conditions are present. Those in California who have been injured due to negligence while lawfully visiting a restaurant, store or any public establishment can take action and file a premises liability claim in civil court. A successful lawsuit can provide victims with financial relief to help with lost wages and medical expenses.