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What to know about physical assault and premises liability

Not all forms of premises liability involve slipping on a floor or hurting yourself on a flight of stairs. In some places of business, an employee might inflict harm upon or physically attack a customer. Aside from the employee's own personal liability for the assault, there are cases where a California employer can be held liable for the assault as well, if not under the doctrine of premises liability, then under other theories of liability.

Are store owners liable for falling boxes?

If you were driving along a California hill or a mountainside, you might see a sign that says "beware of falling rocks." Rocks rolling or dropping down a mountain would not be unexpected, and so you would consider that warning to be a legitimate risk. However, you would not expect to enter a big store or a warehouse and experience the same risk of boxes and packaging falling on your head. So if you should be hurt by a package dropping on you, can you sue the store?

Warning signs do not always protect against premises liability

Anyone who owns or rents a California building bears responsibility for keeping it safe for residents, guests, employees and even people who might trespass on the property. Should a person be injured on the property due to unsafe conditions, an owner or a renter may end up on the hook for that person’s medical bills. Some people may believe, however, that a warning sign might be the answer to warding off liability. While warning signs can reduce the risk of liability, they do not guarantee that the property owner will never be held liable.

How can workplace stairs be made safe?

Stairs are a necessity for accessing different floors in a multi-story California building. Not everyone elects to take an elevator, and in the event of a power outage, stairs are the only way to get down from a higher floor. However, stairs can be dangerous if not utilized correctly or if there are flaws in the construction of the stairs. This is why steps should be taken to ensure that stairs and stairwells in buildings do not become a safety risk for the people who use them.

Who pays for injuries from accidents at retail stores?

You deserve to have a safe shopping experience, whether you are browsing a local boutique or getting a bargain at a warehouse club. Unfortunately, many California retailers do not place your safety as their first priority. If you were to be injured while running your daily errands, that could represent a dangerous lapse of the shop's duties.

Just how safe are amusement parks?

If you and your family have plans to spend some time this summer at one of California's many amusement parks, you may not give much though to whether your child will be safe while there. Most people figure that amusements must be highly regulated and are therefore inherently safe, but regrettably, this is not always the case.

What are some tips to protect children in your home?

Children are the most vulnerable people in society. They rely on you for everything. That includes keeping them safe. Whether you have children of your own or have other people's children in your home in California, there are some things you can do to keep them safe from serious injuries. 

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury?

Premises liability cases in California often fall under the area of personal injury. It could be someone came on your property and fell on ice, getting injured. Perhaps someone fell down your front steps on your porch and was injured. Whatever, the case may be, it is premises liability because you are responsible for damages that occur on your property, but it comes under personal injury law. With this area of law comes a statute of limitation, which according to California Courts, is how long a person has to file a lawsuit against you for the damages. 

How can dining establishments protect their patrons from harm?

California is a popular tourist destination home to many restaurants and dining establishments. When guests go out to eat and enjoy themselves, the last thing on their minds is getting hurt. Though many restaurant owners and staff work hard to protect their patrons, accidents and situations can happen that result in illness, injuries and death. 

Woman in custody following fatal accident in parking lot

When someone experiences the loss of a loved one in California, it is often tragic and emotional. However, these types of circumstances can be increasingly difficult to overcome when their loved one's death is the result of someone else's negligence or ignorance. 

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