It goes without saying that shops and stores in Hawaii should be safe places for all visitors, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. Premises liability laws say that property and store owners have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all legal visitors. However, negligence by store owners or employees could result in dangerous conditions for customers. For example, a jar of pickles may fall to the ground and break in a grocery store, leaving glass and liquids all over the floor. If this spill is not cleaned up in a timely manner, it could cause customers to fall and suffer injuries.
This is allegedly what happened to a customer in another state and she filed a lawsuit. It is alleged that the plaintiff visited a fruit and produce store and encountered a liquid substance on the floor. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff slipped on the substance and fell suffering injuries.
The lawsuit alleges that employees allowed the substance to remain on the floor. Allegedly, there were multiple employees in the vicinity of the spill, but nothing had been done to clean up the substance and no warning was provided. The plaintiff accuses the defendant of negligence and seeks damages in excess of $15,000 as well as all other just relief.
Statistics say that thousands of people are injured in slip-and-fall accidents every year across the country. Those in Hawaii who have been injured by hazardous conditions in public places such as stores and restaurants could file a premises liability claim. A successful claim could result in a monetary award to make up for lost wages and help victims with medical expenses.