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When is an establishment liable for a slip and fall?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Premises Liability

California residents who suffer injuries after an accident while visiting an establishment might want to know their options. If a lawsuit is considered, it’s important to know when a business might be liable for a slip and fall.

What is a business’ duty to visitors?

Establishments like stores and restaurants owe a duty of care to their customers and visitors when they’re on their property. If a person experiences a slip and fall accident while on the property and is injured, they are entitled to file a premises liability claim. This is slightly different from a traditional personal injury claim, so it’s wise to seek help.

What can cause a slip and fall accident?

There are many situations and hazards that can lead to a person experiencing a slip and fall accident. Certain businesses carry a higher risk of a slip and fall to visitors and workers alike. However, the owner or manager of any establishment has a duty to ensure that any potential hazards are clearly marked to warn people. They are also obligated to keep the property as safe as possible to avoid accidents and injuries.

The following are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents:

• Wet, slippery floors
• Uneven surfaces
• Defective stairs
• Broken or missing handrails
• Poor lighting
• Slick floors
• Spilled liquids and other debris

In most cases, customers or visitors are not liable for their slip and fall accident. It’s important to establish liability for a case. For example, if a person shopping in a supermarket, slips on spilled liquid and the area wasn’t marked off, the store would be liable for that person’s injuries.

Injuries from a slip and fall can be serious. Holding the at-fault party liable is your right.


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