Store Liability for Slip and Fall Incidents
Fall injuries are far too common and the damages caused by a fall can be much more extreme than many people realize. Not only do falls cause fatalities, but they can also cause traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and other serious harm to the body.
When a fall happens, it is important for the victim of that fall to understand the cause. If someone else was to blame — like a store that did not maintain its premises in a safe way — that third party whose actions caused the fall can be held legally liable. This means the person or company who caused the fall could be made to compensate the victim for all damages occurring because of it.
Contacting a Miami slip and fall attorney is the best course of action for most fall victims because it is the job of an injury attorney to make the person who caused the fall provide compensation. If you want to ensure you do not suffer financial loss because of a slip and fall that occurred at the store of an owner or operator you believe was negligent, give us a call today.
When Does a Store Become Legally Liable for a Slip and Fall?
A store becomes responsible for a fall suffered by a patron if that fall occurred as a result of the store’s failure to fulfill its legal obligations. Since stores invite patrons onto their premises for the commercial gain of the store owner or operator, the store is expected to inspect its premises regularly, identify risks, and fix those dangers or warn guests about them. Whenever a store fails in any of these obligations, the risk of injury rises and the store can be held accountable if someone actually does get hurt.
While slip and falls in stores can happen under many different circumstances, there are a few common causes of falls that regularly result in injury to shoppers including:
- Slippery flooring surfaces
- Uneven flooring or broken tiles
- Staircases with narrow treads or damaged railings
- Crowded aisles
- Aisles with debris
If a shopper is hurt by these or other causes, the key question is whether the store could have done something to prevent the injury, like fixing the unsafe condition that led to the fall or warning the patron about the risk. If the store could have done more than it did, and the store’s failure was the direct cause of the fall, the victim should be entitled to compensation.
Getting Help from a Miami Slip and Fall Attorney
A Miami slip and fall attorney can help patrons who fell in stores to determine if there is a case to hold the store owner accountable. An experienced attorney can also help shoppers to gather the necessary evidence to prove that the store owner or operator was to blame. This is vital so victims can recover economic and non-financial damages including compensation for pain, suffering, loss of wages, medical expenditures, and emotional distress caused by the fall.
Victims should reach out to a lawyer right away after a fall injury so a compassionate and knowledgeable legal professional can begin gathering the evidence necessary to make a successful injury claim.