Property and business owners in California are expected to keep their premises safe for customers and visitors. In fact, thanks to California premise liability laws, maintaining a safe environment is a legal requirement. These laws not only apply to public buildings and establishments, parking lots and other outside property also fall under the jurisdiction of premises liability laws as well. Things such as foreign objects in walkways, inadequate lighting and property that has fallen under disrepair can create a hazardous environment capable of injuring visitors.
An elderly woman in another state filed a lawsuit against a grocery store over claims that she suffered injuries after falling over a hazard outside of the store. According to the lawsuit, the woman was entering the store and encountered a protruding metal beam that was near the store entrance. Allegedly, the woman tripped over the beam and took a hard fall, suffering injuries.
The lawsuit said the woman shattered the femur bone in her leg due to the fall and had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. The plaintiff said she required surgery and other extensive medical treatment. She accuses the store owners of negligence over claims that they knew the hazard existed but did not remove it or provide warning to customers. The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages as well as court costs and other just relief.
Many of these accidents can be avoided when property owners take simple precautions such as removing hazards or repairing property. When hazards in or around public establishments cause injuries to customers, the property or business owner(s) can be held accountable through a premises liability claim. A successful claim could supply victims with much-needed compensation to help them pay medical expenses and recover from an unfortunate injury.