Slip and Falls
Have you slipped and fallen in a place of business and were injured as a result? Businesses that welcome the public onto their premises have a legal responsibility to keep people reasonably safe. If you slip, fall, or are somehow injured in a store, you might have a legitimate legal claim against the business. Slip and falls can cause all sorts of injuries, including sprains, strains, broken bones, fractures, back injuries, and head injuries.
Stores are responsible for maintaining safe premises. People can fall in a store of any size—from “big box” stores to grocery stores to “mom and pop” shops—and for a number of reasons. The most common causes are wet floors due to mopping, over-waxing, grease, snow, or melting ice; uneven flooring or mats; falling items or packages; cluttered or obstructed aisle ways; torn carpeting; poor lighting; or a spill on the floor from broken glass, beverages, loose products, and more. Slip and falls can occur inside the business or outside due to rain, ice, debris, and potholes. These accidents also can occur throughout the store, such as in dressing rooms, elevators, escalators, stairs, aisles, checkout lines, restrooms, and at entrances or exits.
Additionally, stores are responsible for protecting anyone on the property, not just paying customers. This pertains to delivery people, job applicants, contractors, wholesalers, repair workers, and anyone else conducting business on the premises. Owners of stores also might be liable if they were aware of an injury-causing condition but failed to take steps to remedy it. A store owner, however, is only responsible for a slip and fall accident if the store is negligent and if the negligence was the cause of the accident.
At Herschensohn Law PLLC, we will investigate your case to evaluate and determine negligence, and we’ll fight to obtain the compensation that you deserve for past and future medical expenses, costs of physical therapy, lost wages, emotional damage, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free case evaluation in one of our offices in West Seattle, Tacoma, Kenmore, and Kent.