Unsafe conditions in a retail store can lead to many injuries. Along with minor bumps and bruises, patrons may also experience broken bones, head trauma, and many other serious injuries as a result of slips and falls. Because these injuries can result in extensive medical care and time lost at work, it’s important to establish liability early on. Here are a few points to keep in mind should you experience a serious injury.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores
Wet floors are a common cause of falls in many stores, particularly grocery and convenience stores. When the weather is bad, ice and snow in front of buildings can also contribute to damaging injuries. Lack of lighting, broken railings, and cracked sidewalks can also harm customers. This highlights the importance of timely repair service when issues arise.
How to Tell If a Store Owner Is Liable
While property owners do have a responsibility to maintain safe, secure premises to ensure the public is free from harm, certain circumstances must apply to show an owner is truly negligent. First, the owner must have received reasonable notice of the defect that caused harm. That means the person must have observed the defect personally or be informed of it by other staff, or that they should have been aware of it generally. Second, the owner must have been provided a reasonable amount of time to rectify the issue.
If these two criteria are satisfied, and you’re able to link your injuries to the conditions at the store, you should consider filing suit against the owner. In Albuquerque, Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. help clients navigate premises liability cases and pursue damages to pay for medical costs and lost wages. Our attorneys will review the details of your case to develop a solid legal strategy. We’ll also treat you with the kindness and compassion you deserve. Please call 505-343-1776 to schedule a consultation with our team today. You can also contact us for more information. We look forward to speaking with you