Most Albuquerque residents have been to the grocery store and notice something spilled. Whether it is soda, juice, milk, eggs, sugar or even something like a jar of pickles, these items can create a slippery floor. When unsuspecting customers step on these spills, they can slip and fall, resulting in serious injuries.
This was the case for one man who was injured while in a Santa Fe store, according to a recent report. Since suffering injuries in his fall, the man has filed a premises liability lawsuit. The man claims that he suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder, back and knee after stepping on and slipping on a green chile pod. To support his lawsuit, the man makes a standard premises liability argument, which essentially states that the store failed to take adequate steps to identify the hazard and either remedy it or warn customers of it. This is a standard duty of care that property owners generally owe to those who they invite onto their premises.
A premises liability lawsuit can serve as the legal vehicle through which a victim may be able to recover compensation for the damages suffered in a slip-and-fall accident. However, succeeding on one of these claims isn’t always easy or straightforward. It sometimes requires obtaining surveillance footage, business records and the testimony of an expert witness.
If you have been injured while in a store, you may be entitled to compensation if you decide to pursue and later succeed on a premises liability claim. To get a better sense of your legal footing on such a claim, it may be worthwhile to get more information about your legal options.