Common Premises Liability Lawsuits
Many of us are unaware that we are affected by premises liability law nearly every day. As you read more below about the most common types of premises liability cases, keep in mind that successful plaintiffs must argue that property owners breached a duty of care by negligently failing to fully protect lawful visitors on their property.
Typical Slip and Fall Cases
Whenever you visit a grocery store, you’ll often see several managers and lower-level employees walking down the aisles. While they may be restocking certain goods, they’re also there to make sure that any spilled goods are quickly cleaned up so they won’t become fall hazards to shoppers. Grocery store owners know they must be proactive about preventing slip and fall accidents on their premises. Likewise, most office building owners recognize their duty during rainy or snowy weather to have workers put out rubber mats near entrances and exits to prevents slip and fall accidents.
Construction Site Accidents Are Often Quite Varied
Construction site supervisors are also aware that they have a duty to help workers avoid accidents while working on scaffolds and platforms, or walking beneath large cranes moving heavy loads of materials overhead. Every effort must be made to maintain a safe workplace in keeping with all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines designed to keep workers safe. All workers must also be provided with adequate training so they can safely handle their jobs. When construction site owners fail to maintain safe work environments, some of their injured employees may have the right to not only collect workers’ compensation benefits but also file lawsuits seeking damages based upon the construction site owner’s negligence.
Fires and Explosions Can Lead to Costly Liability Lawsuits
Every few months, another California business suffers a terrible fire or explosion that often inflicts serious or event fatal damage to workers or others nearby. When this type of event involves a hazardous chemical or utility company, the results can even prove catastrophic. Nearby businesses and residential areas may quickly go up in flames if first responders are unable to quickly bring these disasters under control.
Businesses routinely employ security guards to both protect everyone on their property and to constantly patrol their premises looking for any signs that these types of disasters are about to happen. While all buildings are required to have adequate sprinkling systems inside to help fight fires and other disasters, it can be very difficult to contain most large explosions.
Failure to Provide Adequate Security to Visitors and Guests
When you’re a hotel guest, you have every right to expect adequate security as you sleep in your room, walk around the premises or go eat in its downstairs restaurant. The hotel owner has a duty to ensure your safety. When additional activities are taking place on the grounds, such as an outdoor festival or a fireworks display, you must be adequately protected from all foreseeable harm. You are also entitled to safety while parking your car in the hotel garage.
Structural Defects in Buildings
Anyone can suffer a serious fall or other traumatic injuries due to a structural defect. This type of accident is just as likely to occur on the job as it is within your own home. After you’ve hired a private contractor to make changes to any structure, you must carefully inspect the premises to be sure all rebuilt areas are up to code. Likewise, when you move into a new home, it’s always wise to employ a safety expert to check out each staircase or even your outdoor deck to be sure it’s completely stable. No one wants to be entertaining on a beautiful deck or balcony when it suddenly gives way and drops everyone to the ground below. When these types of events occur, it is vital to contact an experienced Sacramento premises liability lawyer. An experienced attorney will immediately send out an investigator to carefully evaluate all the facts pertinent to your case.
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