Premises Liability: Not Just Slip-and-Fall Incidents

- Charles Argento

A man from New York state recently filed a premises liability lawsuit against a hotel corporation in Texas, claiming that the doors to the entranceway closed violently against his head as he was exiting the hotel, causing him permanent injury. The man also claims that the hotel neglected to warn visitors of the hazard and he is now seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in compensation to pay for medical costs, lost wages, and attorney fees.

Another man in Houston was injured at a popular hardware store when unsecured items fell from a shelf, following which he claims he sustained serious injury and mental anguish. In the premises liability lawsuit filed, the man claimed that the store failed to provide a “safe and secure shopping environment” or even warn its customers of the risks with associated with the negligence of the items being placed on the shelves.

The man is now seeking compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, and attorney fees.

With these two cases in mind, it’s clear that premises liability is not limited to just slip and fall accidents in a workplace, restaurant, or store. Many people suffer from injuries related to unsecured items falling from the shelves and premises failing to warn customers about unsafe conditions or faulty mechanical issues within a property.

Avoiding Premises Injuries

Premises owners must ensure their store or property presents a safe and secure environment for its staff, suppliers, and visitors. Aisles should be clear from any hazardous items that could be tripped over or slipped on.

Items on shelves, especially those at a high reach, should be stocked securely and neatly at all times. If the premises is unsafe, or if anything in the store can be considered hazardous or dangerous, then it is imperative that the owner or an employee blocks off the hazard or warns its consumers of the dangers in the store.

People can minimize their chances of injury in a store by being mindful of their surroundings and immediately notifying employees or owners of any hazards or dangerous situations.

If you are suffering from a premises-related injury, it is important to seek legal advice immediately. Charles J. Argento has 30 years of personal injury experience and has helped win settlements that compensate his clients for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We welcome your call today at (713) 225-5050 to arrange an initial free consultation with one of our bilingual attorneys.