Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for business owners or employees to neglect routine maintenance or basic care in stores and shops, which can lead to dangerous conditions for customers. Property under disrepair can obviously be very dangerous and lead to injuries. Fortunately, the state of Virginia has laws that were established to prevent customers and patrons from suffering personal injury in public establishments. Although, these laws are not always followed.
Recently, a lawsuit was filed in another state by a woman who says she was injured by a faulty sign in a department store. The woman said she was shopping in the store near a sign that was hanging over a display. According to the lawsuit, the sign suddenly fell and struck her in the eye.
Allegedly, the woman suffered injuries to the right side of her face in addition to injuries to her eye. The lawsuit accused the department store owners of negligence over claims that the defendants should have known about the faulty sign and fixed the hazard. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $75,000.
The vast majority of stores, restaurants and other public establishments are safe places for all those who visit. However, every year, thousands of people across the country suffer personal injury in these places. Those in Virginia who have been injured due to negligence while lawfully visiting a restaurant, store or business can take action and file a claim in civil court. A successful lawsuit could result in a substantial monetary award to help victims and families recover lost wages and pay medical expenses.