Is a commercial business liable for a slip and fall accident on their property?
There is a public perception that lawsuits regarding slip and fall accidents are frivolous by nature, and that the victim is 100% responsible for their own injuries. Not only is this factually incorrect in most cases, this kind of thinking works to erode consumer safety.
When a slip and fall lawsuit makes the news, it’s either for one of two reasons. Either the details were so egregious that most of their readers would be outraged at the behavior of the premises owner, or the story is used as clickbait in order to give readers somewhere to vent about how “lawsuits are ruining America.”
While it’s true that someone can file a lawsuit against anyone for literally anything, the law is very clear with regard to premises liability issues such as slip and fall accidents. Business owners owe a duty of care to all visitors, and failure to abide by these specific rules can leave them open to liability.
One of the most common ways to get hurt is a slip and fall at a restaurant. This usually happens due to poor maintenance on the part of the establishment, with spills and other slick spots being left on the floor while customers are about. There is no reason that this should be the case.
Simply put, if a restaurant cannot guarantee a safe environment for their patrons, that restaurant should not be accepting invitees (customers) onto their premises. No one enters a dining establishment with the impression that they need no-slip boots and a hardhat to be safe, nor should they.
Sometimes, a simple slip and fall accident can be devastating. If you’re of an advanced age and suffer from ailments that affect the density of your bones, for instance, a serious injury is very easy to obtain. If you strike your head on a hard surface, you may be looking at a concussion, or worse. This can result in unpaid wages due to your lost time at work, a long convalescence and huge medical bills.
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall at a commercial business and believe the establishment may hold accountability, call us today at 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation.