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Couple files premises liability claim after fall

Patrons and shoppers should not have to be concerned with safety when shopping or perusing stores, malls and outlets. Premises liability laws in the state of Nevada say that the safety and protection of customers falls on the shoulders of business and property owners. While store owners are required by law to provide a safe environment for visitors inside their stores, they also must ensure that parking lots and outside property are also safe for those who visit.

Recently, a couple in another state filed a lawsuit after a woman was injured in the parking lot of a popular grocery store. The lawsuit claims that the woman was pushing a shopping cart across the parking lot when the cart fell into a hole. According to the claim, the shopping cart tipped over and caused the plaintiff to fall. The woman alleges that the fall caused injuries to her left knee and left shoulder.

Allegedly, these injuries caused her unnecessary pain and suffering, as well as loss of income. The husband claims he suffered loss of consortium due to his wife's injuries. The couple seeks to hold the grocery store financially responsible because the store allegedly failed to keep the premises in a safe condition. The plaintiffs seek up to $75,000 in damages.

It is the responsibility of property owners to keep visitors who are lawfully on the property safe, and they can be held liable when unsafe conditions result in injuries to visitors. Any Nevada resident who suffers injuries due to hazardous and poor conditions on a property may be entitled to file a premises liability claim. A successful lawsuit could result in financial relief to cover lost wages, help with medical expenses and other documented financial losses.

Source: wvrecord.com, "St. Albans couple blames Kroger's for wife's injuries", Philip Gonzales, March 21, 2018

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