For most people in California, visiting shops, businesses and other public places is a typical daily activity. Customers never expect to suffer injuries while shopping or visiting a public establishment. However, things that seem like minor inconveniences such as foreign objects lying in walkways or uneven floors can be tripping hazards capable of causing accidents and injuries to customers. Premises liability laws require the owners of public establishments to keep their property hazard-free and safe for all legal visitors, or provide warnings where hazards exist.
A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after she was allegedly injured in an accident while walking into a public establishment. Reportedly, the woman was visiting a local public service district office. As she was walking into the office, the woman apparently tripped over an unseen rise at the door’s threshold. Allegedly, this caused her to fall and injure both of her legs.
The plaintiff claimed that the entrance had no paint or warning signs indicating the presence of the hazardous condition. She claimed the office was negligent and created the hazardous condition, failed to maintain safe walking surfaces and also failed to provide warnings for visitors on the premises. The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages plus court costs and other just relief.
The aftermath of an accident
Every year, thousands of people across the country are injured due to hazards on public property. Anytime the negligence of business or property owners in California results in injuries to customers, those injured have a right to contact an attorney about their options for legal recourse. A successful premises liability claim could provide victims with much-needed compensation to pay medical expenses and replace lost wages.