Stores Are Responsible for your Safety
If you have ever slipped or fallen in front of other people, you have no doubt been embarrassed by the experience. But sometimes, those falls can lead to a lot more than a bit of shame. Sometimes they can lead to serious injuries which can lead to temporary or permanent disabilities. In fact, each year, more than 1 million Americans are admitted to a hospital each year because of falls. Frequently, if you slip or fall in a store, there is really no one to blame. But sometimes, your injuries are due to the negligence of that store. In such a case, with the help of a personal injury lawyer, you may find that you are eligible to receive compensation for your damages.
3 Common Reasons People Slip or Fall at Stores
We receive a lot of phone calls from people who have been injured when they fell at a grocery store, or a big box store. Most of the time, these falls are caused by one three basic things:
- Wet floors
- Uneven flooring or mats
- Something spilled on the floor; for example, soap, loose produce, broken glass and so on
Stores Must Keep You Safe
When you are visiting a store, you have the right to be in a safe environment. This is because you are what is called an invitee or a guest. Stores have what is called a duty of care to their customers. This includes taking steps to make sure that there are no obvious problems which will cause injuries. Stores are also responsible for keeping their employees safe. A fall by an employee can result in a workers’ compensation claim.
One way for stores to keep their customers and employees safe is to have a practice of checking on a schedule to watch for dangers, as well as to keep the store’s flooring in good repair. Training employees on slip and fall hazards is excellent. Once they are able to recognize potential risks, it’s likely that they will take the initiative to eliminate those risks.
It is important to keep in mind, that a store will not be liable for every slip or fall that occurs on its property. The law has certain requirements which must be met before you can sustain a basic lawsuit. One of our slip and fall lawyers in Pennsylvania or New Jersey can help you determine if you have a claim.
What if a Store is Found Liable?
If you slipped or fell in a store and your attorney can prove liability, you may recover for:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Emotional damages
- Medical expenses (past and future.)