In Hawaii and across the United States, it is the responsibility of property owners to provide a safe environment for all legal visitors. Far too often, people are injured due to hazards or neglected property. A man in another state was recently awarded a substantial settlement from a premises liability suit he filed after he allegedly suffered injuries in a fall.
The man said he was visiting a county-owned solid waste transfer station and encountered hazardous conditions. According to the lawsuit he filed, he slipped and fell nearly 15 feet into a metal trailer. Allegedly, the fall caused external and internal permanent injuries that affected his nervous system as well as his head, body and limbs.
The lawsuit claimed that the man also had to be hospitalized due to the injuries and needed substantial treatment from various doctors and nurses. The plaintiff claimed the area was not properly lit and the county neglected to provide signage or directions for use of the transfer station. Reportedly, the Honolulu personal injury lawsuit was recently settled, and the plaintiff received a total of $277,500 for his pain and suffering.
Safety codes and regulations have been established in the state of Hawaii to protect those that are lawfully visiting local and state-owned facilities and properties. Those that are injured by neglected property or any hazardous conditions while lawfully visiting a public facility can take action by filing a premises liability lawsuit. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in just compensation to help victims that have lost wages and accrued medical expenses as a result of injuries.
Source: watertowndailytimes.com, “Injured customer at Gouverneur Transfer Station awarded $277,500 settlement from St. Lawrence County“, Susan Mende, May 1, 2018