When you go to a store or other business in the state of California, how much responsibility does the owner have to ensure their premises are safe? If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, is the owner of that property at fault? Get the answers to these and other questions by continuing to read. You can also contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation to learn more about your own options after a slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents can be serious
First and foremost, it is important for the world to understand that a slip and fall accident can be very serious. Most people associate them with a bruised arm or a sprained ankle, but they can actually lead to traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and even neck injuries. Even when a person initially feels fine after an accident, the symptoms and impact can come days or even weeks later.
Business owners have specific responsibilities to their customers
The owner or manager of a business has the responsibility to ensure that their sidewalks and floors are smooth, tiled, and clean. Any staircase or escalator must be well-maintained without loose handrails or hazardous machinery. If there is wet weather or snow, then they must clear these from public areas as quickly as possible. Not doing so can lead to slips and falls, which, as discussed above, have the potential to be serious.
In addition to the specifically laid out duties, business owners must also take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the care of their customers and anyone else who legally enters the property. They must create an area that is free from obvious hazards. If they know about a problem, or should have known about a problem, and fall to fix it, then they may be held liable in a court of law.
Compensation for damages may be available to victims
When a person is injured on the property of a business, that business (or their insurance company) may be responsible for the person’s injuries. This would include their medical bills, lost wages, and potentially pain and suffering as well. Note that this is only true if the cause of the accident was the negligence or recklessness of the business owner.
Do you have grounds for a slip and fall case?
Have you been injured on the property of a business? Did their negligence or recklessness contribute to that accident? If you answered yes then it is time to talk to a personal injury to discover your options. There is no risk at all. Just contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 and request a free legal consultation. This is entirely confidential and if we decide to work together, we will take your case on a contingency basis. You only pay us if we recover compensation for you. Call today to get started.