As we discussed recently here on our Alameda personal injury law blog, suffering an injury by slipping and falling can cause serious consequences for which a negligent property owner can be held responsible. But a slippery floor or other surface is just one type of dangerous property condition that can cause injuries.
Sometimes, the danger is a falling object. Think about large retail stores, especially warehouse-type stores with shelving reaching up to the ceiling. Employees often must operate lifts in order to stack and take down crates packed with goods. One crate placed incorrectly on a shelf by a rushed or inattentive worker could slip and crash onto any shoppers below, perhaps even bringing other improperly stacked crates down with it.
The danger of falling objects is readily apparent when construction work is taking place on the premises. Think of a shopping mall, parking garage, office building or other public facility where workers are making repairs or building new features. A simple hand tool like a hammer that slips and falls from a worker’s hand is more than enough to cause serious injury to anyone else passing through the vicinity, let alone falling debris or heavier equipment. Construction areas are supposed to be clearly marked, but a negligent property owner could be held liable through a premises liability suit for an injury if the area was not appropriately closed off.
The professionals at the Law Offices of Leonard S. Becker have stood up for the rights of hundreds of residents injured in situations just like these. We have helped clients determine who was responsible for their injuries and what can be done in order to seek compensation.