You enter a retail establishment and make a beeline to the clothing section to take advantage of some of the year’s biggest sales. However, you end up suffering an injury at the property because the storeowner failed to maintain safe property conditions.
If your injury-causing accident was the result of the business establishment’s carelessness, you have the right to seek justice through the civil court system. Here is a rundown on a couple of areas of a business’s premises where injury accidents can easily occur due to dangerous property conditions.
Property owners are expected to mop, polish or wax their floors. However, if slip-and-fall accidents happen due to wet business floors, the owners of these businesses might be liable if they did not provide sufficient warnings, like signs, in the wet areas.
If you happened to slip and fall in a wet area of the retail store you visited, the owner of the store may also be financially responsible for your injuries if the staff did not offer sufficient barriers for closing off the wet area. The staff may additionally be liable if they used excessive polish or wax, or applied the polish or wax in an uneven manner.
Elevator or escalator accidents
Perhaps you had to take an elevator or escalator to get to your store’s clothing section but the device malfunctioned. For instance, sudden jerks or movements in the machine caused you to suffer injuries, or maybe you got your shirt, feet, hands, fingers or shoes caught in a part of the elevator or escalator. In this situation, you can seek to hold the storeowner accountable for your injuries.
Your rights if injured due to dangerous property conditions
It is within your rights to file a premises liability claim against the establishment that caused you injuries due to dangerous property conditions. Liability needs to be established based upon a showing of negligence before claims for damages will be determined. An understanding of what facts you have to prove will likely be critical for you to prevail in this type of case.
If you are successful in your premises liability lawsuit, you may receive a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your medical bills and even the loss of earnings you may have experienced due to being unable to work. Your financial award cannot undo the events leading to your accident injuries, but it can help you to experience a sense of justice following the incident.