Slip and Fall Accidents at Retail Stores
December 18, 2019
Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Your favorite retailer could suddenly become a very dangerous place if you have a slip and fall accident, which leaves you with an unexpected injury. Many slip and fall injuries happen at grocery stores or hardware or department stores. A slip and fall accident can occur if there is a new condition that creates a hazard. In bigger retail stores, these new conditions can occur without the retailer’s knowledge before a dangerous event occurs.
When a slip and fall accident occurs in a store, the question of liability arises. There is usually not a clear-cut answer in most situations. Certain circumstances determine whether the store is liable for any medical bills and damages, especially if the slip and fall accident occurred on the retailer’s property.
If the retailer was negligent in repairing or cleaning up a dangerous condition, they may be held liable. It is important to know whether the retailer had knowledge of the dangerous condition before the slip and fall occurred. If the retailer did have knowledge of the dangerous condition, and did not attempt to remedy the situation, they could be held liable. If the retailer was not aware of the condition or did not have adequate time to fix the hazard, they may not be held liable for the accident.
Additionally, ff there was a posted warning of a slippery floor, the retailer may not be held liable. If the floor was slippery due to customers tracking in water or snow, documenting if there were preventative measures taken by the retailer to prevent slip and fall accidents, such as putting down mats or signs, is an important detail.
Retailers have a duty to keep customers safe on their property. Retailers must have a reasonable chance to remedy any dangerous condition. Additionally, issues such as whether the injured person was contributorily negligent and the extent of the person’s injury will also be considered in a slip and fall claim.
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at Nerenberg & Gagliano Help Victims Obtain the Compensation They Deserve
Customers may not be aware that there are potential slip and fall hazards present at many retail stores, regardless if the store is large or small. It is always best to try to avoid a slip and fall accident by heeding signs that warn of a slippery floor, but if you do become injured, contact the Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers at Nerenberg & Gagliano right away. We will review your case and help you determine if the retailer is liable for your accident. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Contact us online or call us at 215-569-9100 for a free consultation.