As Stores Reopen, Look Out for Slip and Fall Hazards!
Now more than ever, it’s important to stay safe when at the grocery store or visiting your favorite recently-opened retail shop or restaurant. But don’t forget, it’s not just about wearing a mask or social distancing—you should also be aware of slip and fall accidents!
Defining a Slip and Fall
“Slip and fall” is a broad category. It generally refers to any incident in which a person is injured when they fall on someone else’s property, like at a store. A slip and fall can lead to serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and back and neck injuries. However, holding someone liable for an injury that occurred on their property can be difficult. You must show that:
- The property owner created the condition
- The property owner knew the condition existed, yet failed to correct it
- The condition existed for such a length of time that the property owner should have known about
Slip and Fall Examples
For example, if a shop owner was aware of an uneven step at their entrance but failed to fix the issue, they might be liable for any injuries. On the other hand, if a restaurant patron spills a drink and another patron slips on it within seconds of the spill, the restaurant might not be liable, because they did not have time to identify or address the problem.
What To Do After a Slip and Fall
After a slip and fall, the most important thing to do—aside from seeking any necessary medical attention—is to gather evidence of the scene. If possible, it is important to get pictures right away. Unfortunately, property owners might clean up a spill or fix the issue once someone is injured. Then, they may claim that the danger was never there. By getting pictures at the scene of their injury, victims have proof of what happened. If there is a legal dispute later, this can be very helpful.
When a slip and fall causes a serious injury, it can mean chronic pain, costly treatment, and lost wages. So stay alert, watch your step, and always keep an eye out for even the smallest dangers.
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.