Slip and fall accidents happen, and sometimes they are just unavoidable accidents. But, when you fall in a retail store, it is often because of the company’s negligence, and the store can be held liable under an area of law called premises liability. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, time missed from work, pain and suffering and other losses. To learn more and find out if you have a good case, schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene today.
Negligence Leading to Slip and Fall
Businesses have a legal duty to maintain safe conditions for their customers. This includes taking care of hazards in a timely manner. Examples of retail store negligence that can lead to slip and fall accidents include:
- Spills that are not cleaned up in a timely manner
- Failure to mark or block off floors that are wet from cleaning
- Inadequate lighting
- Merchandise and other messes cluttering aisles and other walkways
- Damaged flooring
- Cables and cords in walkways
Acting Quickly to Protect Your Claim
When you are injured in a slip and fall, you must act quickly to preserve evidence in your case. If possible, take photos and get contact information from witnesses at the scene, immediately after it happens. Always contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away, so your attorney can begin investigating before the store starts working to erase the evidence against them. For instance, retail stores often have a video that we can use to prove that the conditions existed. It may even show the incident. We need to act quickly to gain access to this footage before it is lost or destroyed.