Those who visit public establishments in Hawaii should not have to fear for their safety while shopping or enjoying themselves. Premises liability laws in Hawaii say that business and property owners are responsible for the safety and protection of customers. Parking lots and other outside property also fall under the jurisdiction of these laws. Things such as inadequate lighting, water leaks and property that has fallen under disrepair can create a dangerous environment capable of injuring visitors.
A couple in another state filed a lawsuit against a resort, alleging that dangerous conditions cause a woman to suffer injuries. According to the lawsuit, the resort offered a shuttle service to transport visitors from the resort’s restaurant back to the lodging area. The woman said she exited the restaurant area to board the shuttle and was walking down a brick staircase.
Allegedly, the staircase was poorly lit and had no railing. The woman tripped and fell, crashing into the cement at the bottom, the lawsuit claimed. The fall caused the woman to suffer a broken jaw, shattered teeth and she was rendered completely helpless, according to claims. The couple seeks to hold the resort owners responsible due to the alleged dangerous condition of the staircase.
A lot of accidents can be prevented by taking simple precautions such as repairing property or removing potential hazards. In Hawaii, when dangerous conditions on a property cause injuries to customers, the property owner(s) can be held liable through a premises liability claim. A lawsuit, if successful, could end with a substantial monetary award to help victims get back on their feet.