When it comes to slip and fall, commercial property owners may be liable for injuries you sustained because they failed to keep the condition of the property reasonably safe.
Anyone visiting the property of commercial business can be injured on that property. Over the last three decades, we have seen a fair number of commercial slip and fall incidents, like:
- Cases where injury victims who have sat on a defective bench, chair, or other waiting area that then collapsed in some way or another.
- Often, a foreign element on the floor (like a welcome mat that was not secured to the floor on a rainy day) can become the cause of an injury.
- Cleaning floors during office hours creates a wet and slippery hazard to active foot traffic. Sometimes that can also involve a spill, whether a foreign substance or product (like paint). Further, even though cones, signs, or even cordoning off areas is the expected norm, we don’t often see these steps never taken. In such instances, inaction can lead to disastrous and painful injuries.
Even if you aren’t sure that you have a case, there are some steps you should take when injured due to someone else’s negligence:
- Take photographs of your injury, and the location where it occurred
- Write down what happened and get the contact details of any witnesses
- Keep a record of the report you made and any response you received
- Hang on to all medical records of your injury, including appointments, medical certificates, and x-rays.
- Document any expenses or lost wages caused by your injuries.
About Slip and Falls on Commercial Property
To claim commercial liability, slip and fall victims like you must prove that whoever was responsible failed to take reasonable measures to prevent harm to you. This is called negligence and comprises showing that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care, for example, inspecting and maintaining the condition of the commercial property, repairing any potentially dangers, and/or give adequate warning of dangerous conditions.
- They breached their duty of care
- You were hurt because of this breach
- You have suffered loss as a direct result.
Is It Worth The Hassle?
Because proving all the above is an arduous task (particularly when you are recovering from your injuries), you may be tempted to give up. But why should you carry the burden of the expenses incurred through your injury? Rather let a personal injury lawyer fight for you to be compensated. A successful commercial slip and fall claim may include compensation for:
- Current and future medical and hospital costs
- Loss of earnings
- Mental anguish, pain and suffering, and more.