It is easy to underestimate the potential severity of a slip-and-fall accident. When a harmless trip to the store or other public business ultimately ends with a catastrophic fall, however, it becomes quickly apparent how much a simple slip can affect someone’s life.
Slip-and-falls can result in broken bones, concussions or even spinal cord injuries, all of which might entail significant medical costs. It is important that you understand your options for holding a business liable for your injury in the event that you experience a slip-and-fall in a public place.
Which slip-and-fall injuries is a business liable for?
Businesses are liable for slip-and-fall injuries that are the result of negligence. Examples of this can include:
- Failing to address liquid spills
- Neglecting to repair damaged floors
- Not putting up a wet floor sign after cleaning
- Improperly maintaining icy walkways in the winter
The bottom line is that businesses are responsible for failing to follow best practices that maintain a safe environment for customers and clients.
When is a business not responsible for a slip-and-fall?
Another consideration to keep in mind is that there are some types of incidents for which a business is not liable, even if it occurs on-premises. The business owner or staff members must have reasonable time and opportunity to address an issue before the law considers them liable. For example, a store may not be responsible for a customer slipping on a spilled liquid if the spill is only a couple of minutes old.
After any slip-and-fall incident on business premises, you are within your right to file a claim in pursuit of compensation. Your premises liability legal team can help you build a strong case that brings you closer to a favorable outcome.