Did You Slip and Fall At a Store?
A store is a form of commercial property, any land or building that is intended to create a profit. Some of the most common types of stores are:
- Grocery Stores and Supermarkets
- Department Stores
- Restaurants and Bars
- Gas Stations
- Parking Lots
- Outdoor shopping areas
- Other Stores
As commercial properties, stores are legally required to be safer than other types of properties, such as private residences, because they hold themselves open to the public. This means that any person, regardless of age, ability, or health may enter the business. Therefore, the entire property, including outside the store, has to be reasonably safe for everyone.
What Do You Have To Prove For a Slip and Fall At a Store?
There are several different things that you could prove to show that the store was responsible for your slip and fall injuries. You can show that an unsafe condition existed on the store’s property. Additionally, you can show that the owner knew or should have known of the unsafe condition, but did not fix it. For example, when a store fails to clean up a spill on the floor. You can also show that the store failed to warn customers of the dangerous or unsafe condition. This happens when the store fails to mark a wet floor with signs or cones. You may also be required to show that you were not at fault for your injury, meaning that you exercised caution in order to avoid slipping and falling.
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Who Is At Fault?
Depending on the type of accident, there may be several different people that might be responsible for your injuries. The owner of the building may be responsible if the dangerous condition was due to improper maintenance of the property, such as uneven flooring in a common area of a mall. The store owner, or person renting the building, may be held responsible if they knew or should have known of the dangerous condition. Furthermore, other people who came to the store and may have contributed to the cause of the accident such as contractors, painters, electricians, or construction workers could be responsible as well. Depending on the case, there could be one person or many people who can be held responsible for your slip and fall injuries.
Why Hire Us?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall at a store or other commercial property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Slip and fall cases are challenging because the store’s insurance companies are very knowledgeable in handling these cases and will attempt to show that the slip and fall was not the store’s fault. However, an experienced Rhode Island slip and fall lawyer could help you hold the store responsible and seek compensation. Our firm charges no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.