Protect Your Claim After A Slip-And-Fall Accident
When entering into a supermarket or shopping center, we often do not pay much attention to the floor in front of us. We depend on shop owners to ensure that they have placed visible warning signs if a floor is wet or if there may be other hazards of which we should be aware that can cause us to fall.
It is important to be aware that if you are shopping and someone in front of you drops a bottle of soap and you subsequently fall, the owner is not responsible for this, as they could not have reasonably known about the spill. However, if you walk into a store and there is a spill that causes a fall and it’s later determined that the spill was a couple of hours old, they could be liable.
Do you think you have a strong slip-and-fall claim? Contact Morris Margulies to learn your options.
Reasons These Accidents Occur
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in all kinds of environments, not just in stores. For example, you could slip and fall on a set of stairs when the stairs are uneven, or you could slip and fall on a slippery sidewalk. Property owners can be held liable for the injuries you suffer if there is a reasonable belief that they should have known about the hazard and taken steps to prevent your injury.
Common causes for slip-and-falls include:
- A business fails to use hazard signs
- An aisle contains items in disarray, such as items on the floor
It is a merchant’s obligation to their customers to maintain a safe environment. Keeping the floor free of hazardous material and notifying customers when an area is hazardous, such as installing a wet floor sign, is part of that job.
What To Document After An Accident
It is your job as the injured person to document the following:
- When the accident took place
- Whether or not there were signs noting that the area was hazardous
- A recording of where the accident took place and the business
- Witness information, if possible
- Images of your injuries
- Medical attention that was needed
If you believe a slip-and-fall accident that occurred in Maryland or Washington, D.C., was caused because someone failed to provide a proper warning, don’t delay. Moving swiftly after an accident can help protect the evidence and strengthen your case.
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