The owners of properties that are open to the public are obligated to make sure they are safe. The last thing you should expect when visiting a cafe, restaurant, or hotel is to be injured on the premises. If such an incident has occurred, then you have the right to sue the owners for damages.
Premise Hazards and Accidents
California law stipulates that you must take reasonable measures to protect yourself if you encounter a clear and obvious hazard. However, such dangers cannot always be seen by people unfamiliar with the property. And it is up to owners to look out for any number of unsafe conditions that may crop up on their premises.
It is unacceptable for the management and staff at a restaurant to ignore liquid that has pooled on the floor. This is the sort of thing that can cause customers to slip and fall and break bones or suffer head injury.
If renovation or construction work is occurring in a public venue, signs must be posted and the entire area roped off. It is up to the owners and managers to ensure that small children cannot find a way into such a restricted area, and that no harmful chemicals or other substances will affect patrons or passersby.
Fixtures in hotels, including stairs, banisters, and floors, must be well-maintained. Electrical outlets and devices in the hotel’s rooms must also be fit for purpose. Failure to inspect the material conditions of the premises or to save money at the expense of guest safety is unacceptable.
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer
If you have been injured owing to a hazard that the premises owner knew about or should have known about, then you should hold them accountable. A personal injury lawyer can help you in this endeavor. Your attorney will be eager to get your side of the story. You will be asked to recall the facts that preceded the accident and all that happened afterward. Your narrative will be used as the basis of the lawyer’s legal strategy.
Even if you are left conscious and alert after your accident, you will need to be examined by a physician to ensure that has been no internal damage. More severe injuries will compel a longer hospital stay, which means loss wages and an accumulation of medical bills. There is also the prospective expense of rehabilitation treatment and an inability to return to work full-time.
A personal injury attorney can help you get the money you deserve for the pain and suffering that you and your family have had to endure.
What a Lawyer Can Do
The main aim of your attorney will be to demonstrate that the property owners failed to maintain a legally-mandated standard of safety. They will collect all the records and reports and bring in all of the witnesses necessary to demonstrate the negligence of the people who were ultimately responsible for your accident. They will then make the case for why you should receive a just and adequate compensation.