Premises Liability: Property Owners Must Eliminate Hazards
Any establishment that offers public access must abide by certain guidelines and laws in order to keep a safe environment for visitors. Foreign objects or substances that are left on floors can suddenly become very dangerous hazards capable of inflicting harm on unsuspecting patrons and others lawfully on the property. Premises liability laws say that owners and operators of public establishments must make every reasonable effort to eliminate hazards and regularly maintain their property. Despite these laws, thousands of people in Hawaii and across the United States are injured every year in stores, restaurants, and other public places.
A woman who visited a hotel in another state was allegedly injured due to hazardous conditions and she filed a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the woman was staying in a room at the hotel, which was located near a beach. The plaintiff claims that she encountered a liquid substance on the floor of her room that caused her to fall.
Allegedly, the fall caused the woman to suffer several bodily injuries as well as significant pain. She also claims to have suffered a loss of wages due to the injuries. The woman seeks to hold the owners of the hotel responsible over claims that they allegedly failed to inspect and maintain the floor space of her room, failed to correct the condition and also failed to provide a warning. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000.
Hawaii is home to first-class restaurants, shops, and businesses. However, if the owners of these places fail to maintain a safe environment, visitors and customers could be injured. Those who have been injured due to the negligence of property or business owners could benefit from discussions with a personal injury attorney. A successful premises liability claim could result in compensation to replace lost wages and help with medical expenses.