Owners of apartment complexes and other residential buildings in Hawaii must comply with strict regulations to prevent injuries to tenants and visitors. Noncompliance could lead to premises liability claims. When a 4-year-old child was seriously injured after a recent fall from the second floor of a home, the importance of safeguarding windows of multi-story buildings was underscored.
Property owners in Honolulu and other areas in Hawaii have a duty to protect the safety of the public in and around their premises. Tourists and residents are entitled to pursue premises liability lawsuits if they should suffer harm due to the negligence of a property owner. It would only be natural for you to expect public areas to be safe, but potential safety hazards could be anywhere -- often where you would least expect them.
Being trapped in an elevator is likely one of the subconscious fears of many people. Tourists or residents of Hawaii may wonder about the safety regulations related to elevators in multi-story buildings. While cities may have different codes, most will require elevators to have alert systems operational for emergencies that may include a switch to activate an alarm along with an intercom or phone system. Further requirements may include connecting the alarm to the building management, police or fire department.
Property owners and managers in Hawaii must ensure that the public will be safe inside and outside the buildings they manage or own. To avoid premises liability lawsuits, they must develop effective programs to control safety exposure. Landlords and tenants of commercial properties must inspect premises regularly to identify situations and circumstances that can threaten the safety of the public, and then address those issues appropriately.
On July 14, a fire broke out on the 26th floor of the Marco Polo high-rise building in Honolulu. Three people lost their lives in the blaze, and several others suffered injuries while dozens were evacuated. Reportedly, some residents who were fortunate enough to escape were unaware of the danger until they checked to see what caused the commotion. This was because the building lacked audible fire alarms, a fact that may lead to premises liability lawsuits.
A fiery crash claimed three lives on a recent Thursday evening in a city not far from Honolulu. This was one of many fatal high-speed auto accidents that have claimed the lives of motorists in Hawaii this year. Authorities said these deaths bring the fatality rate for traffic accidents on Oahu Island to 25 so far this year -- compared to 28 by this time last year.
Slipping and falling at a restaurant or grocery store can quickly turn an ordinary trip to town into a costly trip to the hospital. A slip-and-fall injury can lead to expensive treatment and prevent you from being able to return to work for a period of time. This downtime can quickly take a toll on both your finances and your emotions.