Slipping and falling in a retail store can be more than embarrassing, and can happen for a variety of reasons. If someone injures himself or herself, as the result of a fall in any kind of retail establishment, be it the corner grocery store, a bustling mass-merchandiser, or a quaint antiques shop, they could potentially have a claim of negligence against the store. Read on to learn what types of injuries a victim might sustain, what determines the legitimacy of a claim, and what a Denver personal injury attorney can do to help you.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
The reasons for slip and fall accidents in Denver are boundless- perhaps inclement weather has allowed snow, ice, or rain water to be tracked into an entryway, maybe another customer carelessly spilled a drink, perhaps the store has inadequate lighting, loose floor mats, or a recently-waxed floor. Regardless of the cause, the subsequent injuries can be painful and traumatic.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents can vary in their gravity. Typical injuries can range from bruises, abrasions, and broken bones requiring little medical attention and healing rapidly to more severe injuries requiring continual treatment and triggering life-long damage for the victim. Neck, back, spinal cord, and brain injuries can lead to debilitating conditions, even wrongful death. It is vitally important to your lawsuit to have all injuries medically documented.
When is a Store Liable for Your Injury?
Every business, which opens its doors to the public, has a duty to keep their property reasonably safe from hazards. Regardless of the size of the store, if a customer’s slip and fall accident is caused by the store’s failure to do so, they could be liable for injuries sustained by the customer. The following conditions must be met in order to demonstrate negligence on the part of the store:
- A hazardous situation existed and the store failed to resolve the situation
- The hazardous situation must have existed long enough for the store to be aware of it and have a reasonable amount of time to fix it
- The accident was unavoidable even with the customer’s use of reasonable caution
It is also possible for a store to be responsible for injuries if they created the hazardous condition, for example, mopping a floor and not posting warning signs.
Contact Denver Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers
If you have sustained a slip and fall injury due to the negligence of a property owner, they could be held liable for damages you have incurred related to that injury. Contact the Paysinger Law office today for a free initial consultation with a Denver slip and fall lawyer. You can reach a representative at any time, day or night. Call 303-279-0221 for immediate assistance or send us an e-mail.
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