Slip and Fall
Businesses that are open to the public have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe condition so as not to create a dangerous or hazardous situation for their customers. Far too often, businesses cut corners to save money resulting in a dangerous situation that can result in injuries to their customers. A simple example would be a large grocery store that is understaffed or that is failing to follow its own internal safety guidelines that are in place to protect their customers. As a result, someone within the store spills liquid on the ground creating a slippery puddle that store staff fails to notice or clean within a reasonable period of time because the store is understaffed or the employees are failing to follow the store's own safety guidelines. Then a customer, minding her own business, slips on the substance and falls to the ground resulting in a broken bone or other severe injuries. That store may be responsible for the injuries sustained by the customer due to their failure to keep their premises in a safe condition.
Just as in trucking accidents, when these accidents happen, the store immediately takes steps in order to mitigate their responsibility and create a narrative that is in a light most favorable to them even if that narrative is completely inaccurate. If you are injured in such an accident, you should hire an attorney right away to secure any evidence and take all necessary steps to ensure that the truth may be secured and presented as opposed to the narrative created by the business. Most of these businesses have surveillance cameras that capture video of the accident. This video must be secured by your attorney immediately or it might be gone forever. Employees will sometimes make statements regarding an accident that are inaccurate and may be directly rebutted by the video surveillance. For example, my client may slip on a spilled product at a store resulting in severe injuries. An employee who claims to have witnessed the fall might state that my client was running through the store prior to slipping or was otherwise acting in a careless manner which was the cause of the fall. Meanwhile, there may be surveillance video showing the truth that my client was in fact walking carefully when she slipped on the spilled substance that had been left on the floor unattended for hours. If you wait to hire an attorney, the store may delete that video before it is secured, resulting in a case where it is my client’s word against the word of a store employee. Obviously, that case is now much more difficult for a jury to decide than if they had a video they could watch showing what really happened.
There are various other ways in which a business may breach it's duty to keep it's premises safe for customers. If you are injured in a slip and fall type of accident, call us immediately so we can evaluate your case and take all steps necessary to secure evidence and otherwise build your case so we can present the truth and get the justice and compensation that you deserve. We will help you get the medical treatment you need and will take care of the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on getting well while we handle the rest. CARE, COMPASSION, PREPARATION; INJURY LAW AS IT SHOULD BE.