Store owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to ensure their premises are safe for customers. When they do not address a hazard and a customer gets injured, the store can be liable for the victim’s harm. If the victim can prove all the required elements, she can file a premises liability claim against the store to recover damages.
Coffey Trial Law premises liability attorneys can help determine store liability for slip and fall accidents. We can assess your accident, determine all responsible parties, and then help you take action to recover your losses. Contact our office today at 954-541-3194 for a free case evaluation.
Is the store liable for my damages resulting from an accident?
In order to successfully hold the store liable for your damages, there are several elements you and your attorney will need to establish:
- The store owner owed you a duty of care. Premises liability laws cover you if you were a customer or otherwise legally on the premises. Property owners do not typically need to show trespassers and those hurt while committing a crime a duty of care.
- The store owner knew about or should have known about the hazard and failed to fix it or adequately warn customers about it. In legal terms, this is breach of duty or negligence.
- You were injured as a result of the store’s negligence. If you accidentally injured yourself and the store had nothing to do with it (e.g., tripping on your shoelace), then you obviously cannot hold the store liable.
- You sustained actual injuries as a result, that you can prove with medical bills, receipts, etc.
Examples of a Store’s Negligence
Store owners have a significant responsibility to keep their premises safe. There are various ways in which they can easily fall short of this duty. Below are a few common examples of negligence in premises liability claims:
- Having negligent security
- Leaving wet floors without caution signage
- Hiring incapable staff (that wind up hurting customers)
- Improperly stacking merchandise
- Leaving boxes, equipment, or cords in aisles
- Poor lighting in bathrooms or parking lots
What do I do if I was injured at a store?
After tending to your immediate medical concerns, you will want to contact a premises liability lawyer from Coffey Trial Law to discuss how to proceed.
Collect as much evidence as you can to support your case, such as photos and video of the hazard, eyewitness contact information, and your medical bills; do not agree to any settlements without first having run it by your lawyer.
We help you file a claim, calculate the value of your case, and fight for full and fair compensation from the store’s insurance company. You might be entitled to various damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our firm only manages a select number of cases at a time. This way, we can give all of our clients the time and attention their cases deserve. When you work with us, we will get to know what challenges you are facing and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Call our office at 954-541-3194 to schedule a free consultation and learn how our team can help you get the settlement or verdict you deserve.