While many people look forward to the warmer weather in the summer months, businesses might not follow suit. The warmer months are often accompanied by safety hazards for companies that have hard flooring instead of carpet. The rainy season can lead to slip-and-fall accidents in stores and other businesses. The individuals in charge of keeping customers safe must ensure that they're taking adequate steps to minimize the risks of accidents occurring.
If a property in Colorado is not maintained, this can lead to accidents and personal injuries. Of course, there are accidents that occur even if a property is well-maintained. In the year 2017, more than 53,000 cases of personal injury were filed. This number has gone down in comparison to previous years, but too many people are still being injured in preventable accidents. This may lead property owners to wonder what they can do to prepare for potential liability at their property.
Amusement parks in Colorado and across the country may be driven to develop the next big ride and attract visitors from near and far. The biggest, tallest and fastest roller coaster or water slide may pose a strong appeal to thrill-seekers, but amusement park operators also have a responsibility to protect their guests' safety. Many people who enjoy these thrilling rides are children without the ability to assess their safety. Poorly developed rides can pose a risk of catastrophic injury or even death as illustrated by the case of the tallest water slide in the world.
Colorado residents may remember the August 2019 shooting that occurred at an El Paso Walmart Supercenter. One family affected by the shooting has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, stating that its lack of active on-site security at the time of the incident was a form of negligence. The lawsuit poses a challenge to the long-held belief that owners cannot be held responsible for violent acts in retail stores and malls.
During a tour of Wayne Newton's former estate in Las Vegas, a 15-year-old girl was apparently attacked by a monkey that was kept there as a pet. This occurred back in October 2017. Now, the mother of that girl has filed a lawsuit against both Newton and the company that owns the estate. Colorado residents should know that the plaintiff is asking a minimum of $15,000 in damages.
Many business owners in Colorado may not know that parking lot safety is their responsibility, but it is. If they only maintain a safe indoor environment, they may be held liable for accidents that occur outside. This can mean workers' compensation claims from employees, premises liability claims from customers, lost productivity and a lowering of morale among the rest of the workforce.
Some Colorado residents might have heard about the collapse of an apartment floor in South Carolina that resulted in dozens of injuries. The accident happened just after midnight on October 21.