Employers in California and all other states have a legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment for all their employees, regardless of the type of business. Unfortunately, some business owners neglect to ensure that all safety measures are in place and properly maintained, and as a result, sometimes workers suffer serious injuries. Such was the case for a woman in another state who was recently awarded $1.47 million following a slip-and-fall incident at her workplace that resulted in an irreparable back injury.
When people enter a retail store in California and elsewhere, typically, they are focused on locating and purchasing the needed goods that brought them there in the first place. Many people, while searching shelves, reaching for products and perhaps even carrying on conversation with others may not notice they are walking on an unsafe surface, especially if there are no signs warning customers of unsafe conditions. Recently, a woman in another state was awarded $1.9 million for injuries she suffered in a slip-and-fall accident.
Any California resident who has traveled and spent time in a resort setting knows that amenities at these types of vacation spots typically include a pool and/or beach. Inevitably, water from these areas will be tracked through common resort areas at times, and guests must exercise caution to avoid a slip-and-fall accident on wet surfaces. However, the resort also has a responsibility to ensure safety measures are in place, such as appropriate signage to warn of possible hazards.
It is a reality of life that the older one gets, the less steady one becomes. It is estimated that at least 25 percent of people over 65 years of age fall in a single year. While California may have fewer sidewalks made slippery by ice, there are many other hazards they still have to face.
Businesses have a legal duty to ensure that customers are safe from injury on their premises. A disregard for the safety of clients may lead to customers being injured when tripping or slipping. A California company is in just such a position, as a lawsuit against them after a slip-and-fall accident, has recently proceeded to trial.
Governmental authorities and property owners have a duty to ensure that public premises, such as shops, restaurants, offices, sidewalks and parks, are safe for the public to use. They are also legally required to post clear signage about any hazardous areas. Should a member of the public suffer any injuries due to property owners ignoring their duties, a civil claim may follow. In early May, a claim was filed against Californian property owners after a woman was injured in a trip\-and\-fall accident.
How often does one walk on uneven and poorly maintained sidewalks and pathways in cities while thinking how dangerous it is? It often appears as if city councils and business owners in California do not realize their responsibility toward the general public. In fact, premises liability claims can be instituted against businesses, as well as city governments, in cases where someone suffered serious injuries after a trip\-and\-fall accident.
California residents who have never suffered a slip\-and\-fall accident will be surprised at the severity of the injuries such an incident can cause. Premises owners are responsible for the maintenance of their properties to protect consumers from slipping or tripping on slippery or uneven walkways. This includes the area outside the business entrance and in the parking lot. A client of a hair salon in another state recently filed a premises liability lawsuit after an alleged trip-and-fall accident on a broken pavement.
Civil law pertaining to premises liability allows for victims injured on the property of another party to pursue personal injury claims based upon evidence of negligence. An injured victim may elect to file a claim after being injured in an accident, for example a trip\-and\-fall accident, due to the negligence of a landlord, for example. These types of accidents are not the only grounds for a premises liability claim.
Californian customers visiting supermarkets, shops and other public places expect to do so without fearing possible injuries. This means that owners and managers of such establishments should make sure that there are no hazards, such as wet surfaces or loose carpets, which can lead to slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. Warning signs should be used in case of possible hazards. Neglecting to pay attention to possible hazards, or not warning customers, may result in the establishment having to answer to a personal injury claim in a court of law.