Chances are you have been to the grocery store at some point and have seen spilled liquid on the floor. Soda cases are dropped, causing cans to explode, eggs are dropped and broken, milk jugs leak and mopped floors remain moisture-slicked for several minutes. Most people are able to spot these spills from a distance and avoid them. Others, however, for whatever reason, don’t see them and wind up slipping and falling on hard tile floors. This can leave them with serious injuries, including sprained muscles, torn ligaments and even broken bones. The recovery process can be painful and expensive, which is wholly unfair to these individuals.
This is why the law recognizes premises liability lawsuits. When an individual, such as a customer in a grocery store, is invited onto a property, the property’s owner is making a promise that the premises are free of hazardous conditions or, if dangerous conditions do exists, they will be quickly recognized and remedied. These property owners also promise that customers will be warned of any hazardous conditions in a timely fashion in order to avoid slip-and-fall accidents.
There are a number of actions or inactions that could constitute premises liability. Failing to put up signs warning of a wet floor, using too much floor wax, applying wax unevenly, failing to repair torn or bulging carpet and neglecting to remedy mats and rugs that pose a tripping hazard may all serve as the foundation of a premises liability claim.
Of course, before liability can be imposed, a victim must prove a number of legal elements, including that the dangerous property condition caused the victim’s injuries. These cases can wind up being contentious, but resolution can be achieved in many cases through skillful negotiation. Competent legal professionals, like those at our firm, can attempt to help guide a victim through this process with an aggressive slant that seeks to obtain a favorable outcome.