When you visit a business or other public venue, you expect the facilities to be safe and properly maintained. Any facility that is considered open to the public is responsible for keeping visitors reasonably safe from harm. But if you fall and sustain injuries in a public location, who is responsible?
No matter what type of facility you visit, ultimately the business owner is responsible for preventing unsafe conditions that can cause any injuries or losses. While premises liability cases can be difficult to prove, injured visitors may be entitled to compensation.
Businesses have an obligation to maintain their location to prevent slips and falls. Retail locations, such as large box stores, grocery stores, or even small local stores, can experience high traffic and must be proactive to prevent accidents.
- Poor Lighting – When lights are burned out or missing, visitors can trip and fall in a darkened area.
- Uneven flooring – When carpeting is torn, tile is cracked or missing, or floors are not maintained properly, customers may be injured in a fall.
- Wet/Unkempt Floors – Slick floors caused by spilled water, sticky drinks or other liquids can create an unexpected hazard.
- Obstacles or Blocked Paths – Keeping well-traveled paths clear of obstructions and unneeded clutter can prevent injuries.
What Can You Do?
If you’ve been injured because of a neglect on the part of a business, it can cause physical injuries and financial hardships. If the store owner created the unsafe condition that caused your injury, they could be at fault. If the owners knew about the danger but did not take appropriate steps to correct it, they could also be at fault.
As the injured person, you may have to prove the situation was hazardous, and that you could not avoid the situation. If you could have avoided the wet floor, for example, you should have done so.
If you’ve been injured at a business location and think the business owner may be at fault, contact Tammy Bowles Raines Law Office for a free consultation. Our staff will work with you to determine if your situation meets the legal requirements to pursue compensation.