Chain stores, especially ones that do a good business, can be dangerous places to walk in. That’s because more customers equals more chances of a bottle, for example, being dropped or knocked over, which equals more spills on the floor. With the aisles full of people and employees making sure that they are served, liquids on the floor can take hours to be cleaned up, and in that time a parade of people could possibly slip and fall.
If you have slipped and fallen in a chain store, you do not want to face the lawyer for that chain. It would be far better for you to contact a slip and fall attorney to prepare your case for legal action. A good slip and fall lawyer can get you the compensation that you deserve for past and future medical bills, as well as possible lost time at work (and wages) and pain and suffering.
Slip and falls in public places such as chain stores are the leading cause of premise liability injuries. These accidents also continue to be a major issue for chain store managers. They have become a bigger and bigger headache for chain stores, partly because our population is aging and older customers slip and fall at a much higher rate than young ones. It doesn’t take much to throw an elderly person off balance; even the slightest amount of residue on a newly cleaned floor in a chain store can spell trouble for a mature shopper.
Slip and fall injuries are the primary source of general liability claims with companies that insure commercial properties, with the average claim calling for a $5,000 payout for those who didn’t even require medical attention. That doesn’t mean that you will get the compensation you deserve simply because you slipped and fell in a chain store that makes a healthy profit. Actually, the contrary is true because chain stores can afford a strong team of lawyers that will do all it can to prove that your slip was your fault.
Slip and fall injuries have drained chain store coffers so much that frequent discussion is held about the best possible flooring to put in new stores to reduce the risk of customers slipping. Many chain stores have introduced high-traction flooring into their new properties to slow the number of slip and fall lawsuits against them. Chain stores have also become more careful about the cleaning products that they use on their floors, as well as the placement and maintenance of mats at store entrances to keep outside slippery elements away from their aisles.
Chain stores, no matter how busy or struggling, all fall under the same premises liability laws that any business do. Basically, the store is required to prove that it was not negligent in allowing a dangerous condition that caused a slip and fall.
A skilled personal injury lawyer will look at store records, cleaning notes, surveillance video and eyewitness testimony to help you build the case that the store manager should have known about the dangerous floor and taken actions that any reasonable person would have in the situation.
Slip and fall law has expanded a bit in recent years as more courts have taken a “mode of operation approach,” which can hold a store liable for dangerous conditions that result simply out of its normal routine.
For instance, an elderly woman won a sizeable settlement after slipping on rice in a store and breaking her knee. Her lawyers were able to prove that stacking the rice on a metal shelf created a dangerous set-up for the rice to spill out of its bags. The woman won $55,000 in compensation, which went to pay for her medical bills and pain and suffering.
Similar cases have sprung up elsewhere as skilled slip and fall attorneys have proven that some routines at chain stores provide a scenario for dangerous conditions to easily spring up and result in a slip and fall. Chain stores have reacted by urging employees to be extremely careful when they stock shelves with a number of items that could fall on the floor when packaging materials are punctured, creating slippery conditions for shoppers.
If you have slipped and fallen in a chain store, don’t simply brush off the accident as your own fault due to your lack of grace. No, there is actually a high probability that your slip resulted from a set of conditions that the chain store should have been aware of and corrected to ensure good traction for all of its customers.
A competent slip and fall lawyer will battle for you to get compensation that covers not only your previous medical bills, but also your future bills, especially if rehabilitation, physical therapy and/or surgeries are required. You also need to be compensated for lost work time that resulted from a slipped disc or fractured ankle. Pain and suffering is also a very relevant issue in slip and fall cases, as some people are never quite the same after hitting their head and fracturing a skull, for instance.
Let an experienced slip and fall lawyer take on the major chain stores in your place as you focus on simply getting back to normal, or close to it, after a slip and fall injury. Call our offices today at 215 897 9300.