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A Store's Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents

Every year, thousands of people sustain injuries from a slip, trip or fall. These accidents can occur anywhere, but many take place at various retail, restaurants or grocery stores around the country. Any business that opens their doors to the public is legally obligated to maintain a safe environment for their customers. Whether the business is a large chain store like Walmart or Home Depot, or a small mom-and-pop shop, the responsibility is the same.

Slip and fall accidents that happen in these types of business are routinely a result of tripping on a wet floor, a loose rug or mat, damaged carpet, a fallen object or a box. Or sometimes the business may have poor lighting, damaged or inadequate steps, an ice accumulation at the entryway or a variety of other issues that should have been corrected.

The reasons for a fall can be numerous, but what must be considered before an injury claim is filed is whether or not the store had reasonable notice of the dangerous situation and failed to correct it.

In order to determine if the store is liable for your slip and fall injury, several questions must be asked. These are the questions that a slip and fall attorney will likely ask when discussing your case in the initial consultation:

  • Did the store cause the spill, hole or dangerous situation?
  • Was the store made reasonably aware of the situation but fail to take the appropriate actions?
  • Were you, the customer, acting in a reasonably careful and cautious manner, or could carelessness on your part be blamed for the incident?
  • Was the slip or fall caused by unsafe conditions?
  • Does the store have a regular schedule for cleaning and inspecting their premises to make sure everything is safe for the customer?
  • Did the store put up a barrier or warning about the dangerous area to warn customers of a potential hazard?
  • Was the object that you tripped over in a safe and reasonable location?
  • Did poor or broken lighting contribute to your injury?
  • Have other people been hurt over the same issue?
  • Did the store know about the hazard but fail to fix it in the proper time?

After a slip and fall injury claim is filed, an insurance adjuster will ask you multiple questions that you need to consider about your own conduct – for instance, questions like: Were you as careful as you should have been? Did you have a good reason for being in the dangerous area in the first place? Were you trespassing where you should not have been? Were you doing anything that could have distracted you, such as texting while walking, running or jumping around the store?

Carefully recollect and examine your own behavior so that you are prepared to answer these questions.

The only way to determine if you have a legitimate case is to speak with an attorney on the matter. The issue of fault will require close examination by a legal expert to determine whether or not you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent store for their injuries.

Proving fault in these types of cases can be difficult and needs to be handled by an experienced slip and fall attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured due to negligence of an individual, store or other establishment, contact Denver slip and fall lawyer R. Mack Babcock immediately for a free consultation.

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