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Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores and Businesses

Falls can have long-lasting consequences on your health and well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults are particularly prone to suffering severe and permanent injuries in falls.

We should not have to worry about hazards or dangers to our health when visiting a store or business. Business owners are responsible for ensuring that their premises are safe for guests. However, not all do. Some store owners try to cut corners by neglecting essential maintenance or necessary staff training. 

If someone else’s carelessness caused your injuries, you should not have to pay for their mistake. Morgan & Morgan can be here for you. Our experienced and tenacious personal injury lawyers could hold the responsible party accountable when you experience a slip and fall accident in a store or business. Get in touch now to find out for free whether you have a case. 

Causes for Slip and Fall Accidents 

Business and store owners are responsible for keeping their premises free of hazards to ensure that visitors and clients do not come to harm. A slip and fall accident can occur when an individual is hurt from slipping or tripping and falling due to a dangerous condition, such as: 

  • Raised or torn carpets
  • Loose mats and rugs
  • Holes or dips in the floor
  • Missing handrails
  • Spillages
  • Broken or inadequate lighting
  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Broken or missing steps
  • Ice and snow accumulations
  • Cracks in sidewalks
  • Electrical cables and other clutter on the floor

Victims often assume that a fall is their fault. However, this is not necessarily the case. Property owners sometimes ignore dangers instead of fixing them or warning customers, putting visitors at risk of suffering devastating injuries. 

However, if your slip and fall accident occurred due to a store or business owner’s carelessness or recklessness, you could have a case and sue for damages. Consider speaking to a Morgan & Morgan slip and fall lawyer to determine whether you have a claim and could pursue compensation. 

Businesses and Stores Where Slip and Fall Accidents Occur

Slips and falls can happen anywhere on private or public property, including the following stores and businesses: 

Grocery Stores

Grocery stores, especially when busy, can be somewhat chaotic. Employees may not clean the floors and remove spillages as quickly as they should. Trips and falls can also occur if employees leave crates, boxes, or other items in the aisles.

Restaurants and Bars

Spillages of food and drink are common in busy restaurants and bars when staff is rushing around. Patrons could experience severe injuries when employees fail to clean up spills promptly. 

Department Stores

Department stores can be cluttered, particularly during busy times. Packaging, cables, and merchandise may litter floors and walkways. Wet floors from mopping also present significant slip and fall hazards for customers when there are no warning signs.

Hotels and Resorts 

Hotels and resorts can have numerous slipping and tripping hazards, including wet and slippery floors in reception areas, hallways, and pool areas. Moreover, hotel guests could also experience a slip or trip and fall due to leaking pipes or defective flooring in their rooms.

Other common premises where falls occur can include:

  • Casinos
  • Shopping malls
  • Theme parks
  • Nursing homes
  • Cinemas

Common Fall Injuries 

Slip and fall accidents may result in little more than bruising, scrapes, or minor sprains. However, in some cases, severe falls can cause catastrophic, life-long, and even fatal injuries. Hitting the ground unexpectedly and suddenly due to a slip and fall can cause various significant injuries, such as:  

Bone Fractures

Older adults are especially at risk of major bone fractures, such as the pelvis, in slip and fall accidents in stores and businesses. However, victims of all ages can potentially break bones in serious falls. While a minor fracture may heal with little medical intervention, breaking a large bone can cause health complications, high medical costs, and a long recovery. 

Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

Spinal cord damage from falls can include:

  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Nerve damage
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Severed spinal cord 

In the worst cases, spinal cord injuries can lead to chronic pain, permanently limited mobility, and partial or complete paralysis.  

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

TBI can occur when a victim hits their head violently while falling. According to the Mayo Clinic, a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can cause torn tissues, bruising, and other physical brain damage. TBI can result in long-term health consequences, medical complications, or death.

Back and Neck Injuries

Back and neck injuries can be common in slip and fall accidents and include sprains, strains, and tears in muscles and tendons. Whiplash, an injury typically associated with car accidents, can also occur due to the violent jolting of the head and neck in a fall.

Cuts and Lacerations

Falls on asphalt, broken glass, or debris can cause severe abrasions and lacerations. Deep lacerations require prompt medical treatment as they can cause significant bleeding and harbor infections. Deep cuts can also damage muscles and nerves. 

Facial and Dental Injuries

Injuries in falls can include cuts to the face due to hitting an object or the ground. Broken or loose teeth and other significant dental injuries can also occur in falls. Facial trauma such as a broken nose, broken jaw, or tooth loss can be painful and costly.

Compensation for Slip and Fall Victims

If you suffered harm due to a business or store owner’s careless or reckless conduct, you could be entitled to compensation, including: 

Economic Damages

If you got injured in a slip and fall and incurred costs such as medical bills and wage losses, you could be entitled to the following economic damages: 

  • Healthcare costs and future medical expenses
  • Medical devices such as a wheelchair
  • In-home healthcare
  • Loss of income and expected future loss of earning capacity
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Non-Economic Damages

Slip and fall victims may also qualify for non-economic damages intended to compensate them for the pain and life-changing nature of their fall injuries. You could be entitled to awards for:

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Reduced life quality
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Disability

Knowing what you deserve after experiencing a slip and fall can be critical for recovering a comprehensive settlement. Our personal injury attorneys can determine what you are entitled to and move forward with a legal claim to fight for what you deserve. 

Your Next Best Steps After a Slip and Fall

Protecting your health and legal rights can be essential after experiencing a slip and fall accident in a store or business. Your next best steps can include: 

  • Seeking medical help immediately 
  • Filing an accident report with the store or business
  • Collecting the contact details of eyewitnesses
  • Taking pictures of the accident scene and the cause of your fall
  • Organizing statements and receipts of your medical bills and other costs
  • Contacting a slip and fall attorney for advice and help
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FAQ

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  • Who Is Liable for My Damages if I Slip and Fall in a Store or Business?

    A business or store specifically invites visitors and patrons to the premises to conduct business. Therefore, store and business owners have a considerable duty of care towards patrons and visitors. However, knowing who is liable for your damages can be complicated. You could have a case against the property owner, the lessee (the business or store), a management company, and others. Several parties may be responsible for compensating you. An attorney from Morgan & Morgan can analyze your case and determine all potentially liable parties. 

  • How Long After a Slip and Fall Can I Sue?

    How long you can sue will depend on the statute of limitations in your state and your case’s facts. Most states give personal injury victims two years to file a lawsuit. However, in some states, you only have one short year to bring a suit, while others give victims four years or more.

    Seeking legal advice as soon as possible after your slip and fall accident can be critical for getting what you deserve. Don’t risk missing the filing deadline in your state, as you could be barred from recovering compensation.

  • I Was Partially to Blame for My Fall Accident; Could I Still Sue?

    Whether you can recover compensation when you have some fault for the slip and fall accident depends on your state. Every jurisdiction has its own rules when two or more parties share responsibility for an accident. In most states, you could still recover some compensation. 

    However, your degree of fault will generally be deducted from the damages you can pursue. For example, if you are 40% to blame for the accident, you would only receive 60% of your damages. In a few states, victims with any degree of responsibility for an accident may not recover compensation.

  • How Much Is My Slip and Fall Accident Worth?

    Every personal injury lawsuit is unique. A settlement can depend on various factors such as your age, the extent of the injury, and: 

    • Your wage loss and estimated future income losses
    • Medical expenses concerning the fall injury
    • Your estimated future medical bills
    • Your degree of fault in the accident 
    • The injury’s impact on your life 
    • The extent of your pain and suffering

    Don’t Accept a Lowball Offer

    Victims who see their medical bills and other expenses pile up often hope for a quick settlement. However, accepting a quick offer from a store or business insurer can be an expensive mistake. Victims who fail to consult with an attorney may underestimate their damages, particularly future expected income losses and medical bills. Accepting the first offer could leave you out of pocket in years to come. Knowing the true worth of your case is vital and gives you leverage in negotiations with an insurance company.

    Morgan & Morgan does not want you to leave money on the table. Our attorneys can determine the worth of your case and fight for the maximum possible compensation, so you can put your life back together after getting hurt. 

  • How Can Morgan & Morgan Help Slip and Fall Accident Victims?

    Without a determined and experienced attorney by your side, getting what you deserve in a slip and fall claim can be challenging. However, our seasoned attorneys can fight for your rights. We can:

    • Help you get adequate medical care
    • Determine your legal options
    • File a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf
    • Gather evidence to prove your claim
    • Build a comprehensive case against the negligent business or store owner
    • Calculate your damages and future expected losses accurately
    • Negotiate with the insurance company and at-fault party
    • Fight vigorously for what you deserve at trial

    If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall, do not hesitate to contact us. The sooner you speak to an attorney, the sooner you could receive a payout that allows you to pay your bills and get your life back on track. We work on a “no-win-no-fee” basis, meaning you pay nothing out of your pocket. We only get paid if and when we win, and you receive damages.

  • Morgan & Morgan Fights Hard for the Injured

    We understand the physical, emotional, and financial difficulties you may face after getting severely hurt. If someone else is responsible for your slip and fall accident in a store or business, you should not carry the burden alone. Standing up to a company can feel intimidating. However, you don’t have to go it alone. Morgan & Morgan has your back. We have won over $13 billion for our clients in trial verdicts and settlements and could help you, too, get what you need and deserve. 

    When we take your case, our motivated attorneys will leave no stone unturned in fighting for the best possible outcome. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation to find out how we could help you.

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