Slips and Falls in Retail Store
As December quickly approaches, holiday shoppers will be visiting retail stores and shopping malls looking for the perfect holiday gift. This increases the likelihood of slip and fall accidents that can result in injuries ruining anyone’s holiday season. When holiday shopping results in a slip and fall accident, in many cases, the store may be liable for the resulting injuries.
Slip and Fall Risks at Retail Stores
Many conditions at retail stores can result in slips and falls. Some of the most common types of slip and fall accident conditions that might exist at a retail location include:
- Snow or ice accumulation leading to wet and slippery floors, walkways or entry ways
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Falling merchandise from improperly installed or maintained store displays
- Poorly lit areas
- Food or liquid spills that are not cleaned up within a reasonable time
- Collisions with store equipment such as forklifts
- Improperly waxed or polished floors
- Loose rugs or floor mats
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries including broken bones, bruises, sprains, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, chronic pain, memory loss, herniated discs and other back injuries. The costs of ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation, and lost wages can be overwhelming. An experienced Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer can help you determine if the store where the accident happened may be liable for your injury-related expenses.
Store Liability for Injuries Resulting from Slips and Falls
Retail businesses have a duty to keep their premises safe for customers entering the property. Maintaining the property is part of the protection owed by store operators and property owners to customers. When unreasonably unsafe conditions exist on the property, courts generally will find the property owner failed to fulfill their legal obligation. In cases where an unsafe condition is unavoidable, the store has a duty to reasonable warn customers of potentially unsafe conditions, such as recently waxed floors.
In order to face legal liability for a slip and fall injury, a store must have had notice or should have reasonably known about the dangerous condition and failed to promptly fix the problem. When certain conditions are common at a business (such as spilled products at grocery stores), stores also may face liability if they failed to have a system in place for monitoring the presence of such frequently occurring conditions.
In many states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, injured individuals may be entitled to compensation even if they were partially at fault for the slip or fall.
Property Owner and Store Owner Liability
Many retail businesses are operated out of leased premises. In those cases, an individual injured in a slip and fall accident at the store may seek compensation from more than one party. Injured customers may seek compensation from the property owner (the store’s landlord) if the slip and fall was caused by a structural issue with the store building or from the store owner who leases the property if the accident resulted from a failure of the store to warn customers of a danger or from a display in the store itself.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at Williams Cedar Represent Individuals Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents at Retail Stores
With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, the experienced Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at Williams Cedar proudly serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer today, call 215-557-0099 or 856-874-7500 or submit an online inquiry form.