Is the world in which we live more dangerous than it was in bygone days or do we just hear about dangerous incidents more often? As injury lawyers, we would not presume to answer questions like this. What we can say is that we, and other California law firms, see a lot of victims who suffered injuries from security incidents occurring on someone else's property
Let's begin by looking at a common scenario. A person goes shopping at the local grocery store. As she is moving through the frozen food section, she sees a caution sign indicating that the floor is wet and slippery. The shopper makes sure to be careful as she passes the sign, but she slips anyway, falls and breaks her leg.
From the sidewalks of Los Angeles to the shops in San Francisco, there are a lot of public places where a person could get hurt. But what is the difference between someone getting hurt and someone having an accident or hurting oneself?
In most San Mateo families, both parents hold down full-time jobs. This means that the children of these families spend at least some time in a daycare facility. It is safe to say that most California daycare centers provide excellent care and strive to protect their vulnerable young clients. However, accidents can still happen, leaving children suffering from an injury.
Many San Mateo residents rely on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to get to and from San Francisco, Oakland and other destinations around the area. Fortunately, derailments and crashes are rare. Unfortunately, when they occur, they can result in multiple serious injuries and fatalities. You're more likely to be injured by something more mundane (yet painful and potentially debilitating) like a fall caused by missing floor tile or a sudden jolt of the train.
California's cities are not famous for being accessible to pedestrians. Many of the roads in northern California have tight curves and no sidewalks, while the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles cover so much territory that walking does not often feel like an option. But the rights of pedestrians to expect a clear path cannot be ignored.
If your teenager is in the late stages of "senioritis," about the only thing that might rouse them from their state of lassitude is the anticipation of prom. However, along with selecting the perfect outfit and making nail and hair appointments, there are also bound to be plenty of plans for the after-prom festivities.
It isn't unusual while shopping for groceries to hear this over the intercom: "Clean up on Aisle 8!"
If you are injured when you are inside a public premises, for example in a grocery store, movie theater or gym, it often comes as second nature to consider making a claim, especially if you believe that the premises was negligent. However, if you were injured when you stood in the immediate external vicinity of the premises, it is likely that you will not be sure whether you can hold the premises responsible.
You know that doctors have to provide you with proper care or they could end up facing a medical malpractice lawsuit. For instance, if a doctor uses an experimental tactic without your consent and you get injured as a result, you may be able to sue for compensation.