Some of the most common personal-injury cases involve slip-and-fall accidents in which a person slips or trips, then falls and is injured on someone’s property. These are also known as premises liability claims.
Such accidents may occur if someone slips on spilled liquid or food, on a recently cleaned floor without a proper warning sign posted, or on snow or ice in the parking lot. The person also may trip on a rug or merchandise that has fallen from its display.
Though there is no precise method of determining when a business is liable for the accident, the injured person usually must prove that there was a “dangerous condition,” and that the owner knew about it.
First and foremost, an injured party must prove the store caused the spill, or ignored the wear and tear on the flooring, or created the slippery surface, or allowed the item to fall in the way of the victim.
Or he or she can show that the store owner knew about the situation and did nothing, or if he or she had enough time that a “reasonable” person taking care of the property should have found the problem and fixed it before anyone was injured.
Falling out of Trouble
Retail accidents can happen anytime. But several safeguards can help protect store owners against legal repercussions.
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