In life, accidents are going to happen when least expected. Although some accidents are severe and can cause great harm, the most accidents are minor and nothing more than inconveniences. In the state of Hawaii, the vast majority of stores, restaurants and other public places are very safe and secure. Established premises liability laws make it mandatory for owners and operators of public places to provide a safe environment for all who legally visit.
By promptly removing and cleaning spills from floors, injuries to customers can be avoided. However, a woman in another state filed a lawsuit over claims that she was injured by a fall in a grocery store. According to the lawsuit, the woman had concluded her grocery shopping and was walking to the checkout area.
Allegedly, the woman encountered a liquid substance on the floor which caused her to slip and fall. The woman claims that the fall caused her to suffer injuries to her arm, neck, head and lower back. She says the experience caused her permanent emotional and psychological damage as well. The plaintiff seeks to hold the store responsible over claims that it failed to provide a safe environment and failed to provide warning of the alleged hazardous condition.
Unfortunately, the potential for injuries to customers exists any time foreign objects or liquids are left on the floors of public places. Premises liability laws in Hawaii say that, if hazards can’t be removed, business owners and operators are required to provide warning. When the negligence of property or business owners results in injuries to a legal visitor, he or she can take legal action. By filing claim, victims could receive compensation to help with medical expenses and lost wages.