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How to Handle Slipping In a Store

Slip and falls are frightening, but common for pedestrians. You may enter a grocery store, for example, and find that the floor of the frozen food aisle is wet with no “wet floor” sign. As you guessed, this is an instant way for someone to slip and fall without any warning. If you ever find yourself in this unfortunate circumstance, then here’s what you need to know:

Negligence

One of the most important and often difficult to prove elements of a slip and fall case is determining the reason behind the fall. Did the store or property put up a sign, saying there was a wet floor? Did they wash the floor and neglect to put up a caution sign? In order to move forward with a slip and fall case, negligence, or fault, needs to be proven. In the long run, there are ultimately two outcomes in this situation. Although sometimes the worst of falls happen within a store, unfortunately, you can’t take legal action until negligence is proven. If the store or property fails to put up a sign, then you can receive compensation for your injuries.

Three Parties

Slip and falls can be complicated when they occur on commercial properties. Depending on who is at fault and who is responsible for the injuries, you may need to go after the store itself, the property owner or landlord, or the store owner. If you’re suing the store itself, you’re suing them due to negligence for not placing a wet floor sign, once they cleaned the floor. If you’re suing the property owner or landlord, you’re suing them because a building malfunction (such as a leaky pipe) caused the wet floor. The reason behind this is because most store owners don’t actually own the building they operate in — it’s a rented or leased property, therefore they don’t actually take the liability in a leaky pipe situation. Now, if floor was cleaned and a sign wasn’t put up by the store owner, then the store owner will be held liable in court.

If you ever slip and fall inside of store and sustain injuries due to negligence, then it’s important to take legal action right away. To protect your rights and to help you secure the kind of compensation that your injuries require, turn to the experienced personal injury lawyers of Levine and Wiss.