Premises liability injuries are responsible for over 1 million emergency room visits per year. These cases often occur when people go into stores such as Wal-Mart and either slip on an unattended wet spot on the floor or trip over a pallet or product display left in the wrong place. Naturally, many people believe that if they fall and are injured on someone else’s property that the property owner is automatically at fault. However, that is not the case.
Liability, or “fault,” almost always ends up being disputed. The store usually makes an argument that the customer should have been able to see the hazardous condition and avoid it. There are many ways to prove that the store is responsible for the customer’s injuries. For starters, photos of the area where the customer fell are important pieces of evidence.
We can also obtain copies of a store’s maintenance and safety policies. Often, we can show that employees fail to follow the store’s own rules to keep the floors free of slip or trip hazards. For example, most businesses require their employees to put out caution signs when cleaning floors and to conduct regular safety sweeps of the store to look for liquid spills or trip hazards. However, it is common for these simple and effective tasks to not be performed. Likewise, routine maintenance of leaky freezers or soft drink fountains may go undone and lead to serious customer injuries.
In any slip and fall case where you think someone else is at fault you should consult with an attorney. Many attorneys have free consultation, where you can sit down and discuss the details about your accident.