When you visit a public place, you should not have to think twice about your safety. It is up to the business owner to make sure his or her establishment meets federal and state safety guidelines to protect you and all customers. Unfortunately, not all people who own a business take this responsibility seriously. In an effort to save money, they hire unskilled workers to operate equipment or do not bother to take any safety precautions at all. The following are some clear examples of violations of premises liability laws:
- A woman visits a shopping mall and takes the escalator from one floor of a department store to another. The escalator suddenly stops working and the force of the stop causes the woman to fall backwards and break her leg.
- A child visiting an amusement park with her family is forcefully ejected from a ride after the door failed to latch properly. She is permanently paralyzed as a result of striking the hard pavement below the ride.
- A man visiting a friend at his apartment building is stabbed and robbed in the parking lot. He later discovers the owner of the complex had no established security protocol for the parking lot.
Do You Have a Premises Liability Claim?
This area of personal injury law can be difficult to prove, which is why you need the assistance of a San Clemente personal injury lawyer. Even though a property owner is legally liable for injuries suffered by others, a judge and jury look at several factors when determining if the injured person should receive a settlement. Some of these include whether the person was on the property legally, his or her own physical and mental condition, and the condition of the property at the time of the injury. We encourage you to contact us at Silverthorne Attorneys for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.