It’s a pretty typical slapstick comedy routine — someone slips on something, like a banana peel, and falls flat on their face. It’s been used for comedic relief in cartoons and movies, but when it happens in real life, it is not funny at all. In fact, slipping and falling on a wet floor can be extraordinarily painful and result in serious injuries that could cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Slipping and falling on wet floors is even more common than tripping down stairs or on curbs. The one place that this happens the most is in grocery stores, where the likelihood of spills or wet floors from cleaning can provide slipping hazards. Mall owners also have to pay careful attention to slippery floors, especially in food courts where people frequently spill, where clean ups with liquid chemicals often occur, and where customers walk in from rainy or snowy weather and track water across the floor. Wet floors are also frequently found in retail stores, restaurants, your place of work, hospitals, and nursing homes.
You have the right to seek legal action against the owner of a store if their negligence caused you to slip and fall on their wet floor. The law of premises liability dictates that they are responsible for maintaining a safe environment, which means cleaning up spills, drying the floor after cleaning, and/or warning customers of any wet places on the floor. In fact, by pursuing legal action, you could be preventing that owner from causing anyone else to get hurt.
The costs to cover your medical procedures after you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident can be very expensive, and they can add up and continue long after you initially go to the hospital. Aside from immediately surgery or medical care, you may have to keep taking medicine or attend physical therapy for weeks or even months. In some cases, you could be permanently disabled from your fall.
Many injuries from slip and fall accidents also mean that you cannot return to work. If you’ve broken a bone or suffered head trauma, you could be out of work for weeks and unable to earn a wage. If you are permanently disabled, you may not be able to return to work for a very long time. This makes the burden of medical bills even worse.
The best way to go about proving that the negligence of the store owner caused your slip and fall accident is to work with an experienced attorney who has handled these kinds of cases before. Our lawyers will work with you on your unique case. They will look at safety records of the store, cleaning schedules, maintenance reports, video surveillance, and even witness testimony to determine if the owner knew about the spill or the wet floor and did nothing about it.
Another angle your lawyer will investigate is what the flooring itself is made of, because property owners can even be held responsible for slip and fall accidents if their flooring is not safe, is untreated, or is more prone to be slippery. Many owners will treat their flooring with a non slip treatment, but if they do not, they could be responsible for falls if the flooring is too slippery or has no support rails.
If you slipped and fell in any public place, call a slip and fall attorney right away to determine if you have grounds to pursue legal action against the store or property owner. By receiving financial compensation, you will be able to cover your medical bills, your lost wages, and any pain and suffering you experienced. It likely was not your clumsiness that caused the accident, so give one of our attorneys a call so that they can begin looking at your case today.