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Premises liability: Man files lawsuit after alleged fall

A fact of life is that accidents are going to happen. Accidents can occur at any time and are completely unpredictable. Some accidents can be very serious and have the potential to forever change a person's life. In Hawaii and across the United States, premises liability laws state that property and business owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that floors are clean and hazards are removed to prevent visitors from falling. When business owners neglect these responsibilities, patrons and visitors can be injured.

Recently, a man in another state filed a lawsuit against a Kroger grocery store after the man claims to have sustained injuries in the store. According to the lawsuit, the man was visiting the restroom of the store and claims to have slipped and fell because of a puddle of soap on the floor. The man claims the restroom was unkempt and hazardous.

Allegedly, the man sustained injuries in the fall and holds the defendant responsible. The plaintiff accuses the defendant of negligence and says that the defendant failed to eliminate the hazard or warn patrons of the dangerous condition. The plaintiff seeks damages and all just relief.

In this situation, the man's alleged injuries may have been prevented if the alleged soap was cleaned from the floor. Property owners in Hawaii are obligated to provide a safe environment for all those who lawfully visit. When a person is injured due to hazardous conditions on a property, the property owner(s) can be held legally responsible. A successful premises liability lawsuit could provide victims with financial relief as well as a sense of justice.

Source:, "Kroger shopper alleges soap on restroom floor caused him to fall", Noddy A. Fernandez, May 28, 2018

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