We all have a duty to “look where we are going or stepping.” But premises owners also have a legal responsibility to create a reasonably safe environment for their visitors, who may not be as familiar with the stairs, aisles, or tripping hazards. This is particularly true in retail establishments and commercial parking lots, where the invited consumer is encouraged to be more attentive to the displays of merchandise for sale than what is on the floor or ground, or hung in the air. The injuries that occur in these situations – from fractured hips to broken wrists to eye injuries – can have personal consequences for which the land or store owner must bear responsibility for their negligent maintenance.
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Representative examples of our work include:
Our client was using home exercise equipment when a cable snapped, striking his face and causing permanent eye injury. His occupation requires extensive reading. We worked with a forensic engineering expert from a local university who determined that the design of the equipment was defective. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, this federal court case settled for seven times the original offer made during negotiation.
When products are defective in manufacture, design, or because of inadequate warnings, manufacturers and sellers can be liable for resulting injuries to conscientious users.
Our client slipped down icy interior stairs in an office building. She suffered serious injuries to both of her hips, requiring several surgeries. Although the building's management knew the stairs were dangerous due to the ice, they did not act to make the stairs safe. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, the case settled for three times the original offer made by the building management's insurance company.
Building owners and managers have a duty to keep premises safe. When they are made aware of a dangerous condition and do not fix it quickly, they can be liable for resulting injuries.