Injuries in Public Places May Lead to Premises Liability Claims
Jagged ocean cliffs and volcanoes spewing molten lava are often at the forefront of conversations regarding dangerous places in Hawaii. Undoubtedly, Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but it can be just as dangerous. When discussing places of danger, seldom to stores and restaurants come to mind. However, seemingly inviting public places can quickly become hazardous locations when things such as liquids are left on floors or faulty infrastructure is left unrepaired. In Hawaii, premises liability laws were enacted to protect those who legal visit public places.
A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after she allegedly suffered a fall in a supermarket. The woman says she was shopping in a supermarket and encountered a wet substance on the floor. According to the lawsuit, the woman slipped and fell due to the wet substance that was believed to be juice from a watermelon that had gone bad.
Allegedly, the fall caused the woman to fracture her left kneecap and tear a meniscus in her right knee, as well as suffering injuries to her left hand and left shoulder. The woman seeks to hold the store accountable and asserts that it failed to remove the liquid from the floor and failed to maintain a safe environment. The plaintiff seeks a trial by jury and all just relief.
Fortunately, the majority of stores and public places in Hawaii are safe for visitors. Unfortunately, not all business and property owners adhere to premises liability laws. When hazardous conditions in businesses cause injuries to customers, legal action can be pursued. A successful lawsuit could result in financial relief to help victims pay medical expenses and get back on their feet.