Premise Liability
Keeping Customers Safe

Business property owners and renters customarily have the responsibility to do all they can to make sure that customers invited to enter their properties are safe from a variety of dangers.

Laws usually require owners to fix dangerous conditions as soon as they find them.  Further, retail establishments also must remain vigilant and anticipate dangers by monitoring their premises to identify and eliminate threats that customers might encounter.

Shopper trips on worker’s ladder

When a department-store maintenance employee quit a work site to answer a phone call, he left a ladder extending into an aisle.  A shopper tripped on the ladder and severely injured her thumb and forefinger, rendering her unable to grasp anything or perform daily life functions.  Her attorney sued for negligence, and a jury awarded significant damages for pain and suffering.