Sidewalks exist for the main purpose of giving pedestrians a safe place to walk, hopefully keeping them out of the way of vehicular traffic in the streets while not forcing them to traverse uneven ground that may lay next to thoroughfares and rights-of-way. While they mostly do a good job at this, anyone who has walked any significant distance around an urban area in California knows that not all sidewalks are well maintained. So, what happens when it is the sidewalk itself that causes injury?
This blog has previously touched on the fact that property owners have some legal obligations to people who are present on their property with regard to ensuring their safety. That is, in some circumstances, an owner of real estate may be liable to pay compensation to people who suffer injuries while on the property owner's land. What kind of duty the owner has depends, in large part, upon into which category of visitor the injured person falls.
Every year in the United States there are thousands of personal injury claims due to shopping-related injuries alone. Shopping related injuries can be a result of shop owner's negligence but this is not always the case, and sometimes shop owners are not to blame at all. Some types of shop related injuries include:
Imagine you are shopping in a store when you slip on a puddle of spilled milk you didn't see, and you slip and fall, breaking your wrist. You must go to the hospital and have your wrist placed in a cast, and the cast prevents you from returning to work for two weeks. Who is responsible for your medical expenses and lost wages?
When entering a property a person has a reasonable expectation not to be the victim of accidents or injuries due to the premises thus it is the responsibility of the owner to maintain reasonable safety standards for the premises. The determination of liability varies depending upon the state that's because different states have different standards and rules.