If a business is welcoming you inside, they owe you more than a hello. Public spaces need to be safely accessible to the public, and the details of what "safety" means have changed over the years. For the most part, store owners and others are expected to keep pace with the changes.
You may be reading this while you take a quick break from work. You may also be reading this at home while you're in sweatpants before you rummage through the fridge. Maybe you're doing both, because of a long trend that has recently become the norm.
When you check in to a hotel for a vacation or a business trip, you likely don't begin your stay by looking for bed bugs -- especially if you've never experienced them before. Even if you do look for bed bugs, they're very good at hiding. It's more likely that you'll find the droppings they leave behind.
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.