Overview of Slip and Fall Accidents
As patrons of stores or restaurants, we expect the floors we tread on to be reasonably free of any hazards that will cause us to slip and fall. For example, if we’re pushing our carts along the aisles of a supermarket, we expect the store owners or employees to put up warning signs or block off the part of the store where liquid or another object that can trip someone up has been spilled on the floor. If a patron accidentally slips and falls because of a spill that an employee has failed to clean up, then the store owner may be held liable for any ensuing injuries.
Because store and restaurant owners use their premises for business purposes, they owe their patrons a higher duty of care in maintaining those premises. This means that they are responsible for inspecting the premises for any hazards or potentially dangerous conditions that they know about or should have known about.
Thus, if a shopper or diner slips on a liquid or other substance on a commonly frequented area, such as a lobby or a store aisle, the owner will be held liable for negligence, and he or she may have to compensate the injured patron of any damages that arose out of the slip and fall accident. It doesn’t matter whether or not the store owner took “subsequent remedial measures” (that is, cleaned up the mess or fixed the problem after the accident); even if a similar accident does not occur again, the owner will still have to face responsibility for the past accident.
Usually, liability will be fairly obvious. The injured plaintiff should be able to recover for damages so long as he or she wasn’t walking in an area that was unauthorized or shut off to customers.
If you’ve sustained injuries as a result of a slip and fall, you may be able, with the guidance of an experienced Westlake Village personal injury lawyer, to get compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Seasoned Westlake Village personal injury lawyer Gary Mitchell has years of experience successfully winning slip and fall lawsuits on behalf of his clients. He serves the areas of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura County. Call today for a free consultation.
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