Are store owners liable if I slip and fall on their property?

If you’re out for a day of shopping, the last thing you expect is to end up in the hospital. No one expects to encounter hazardous conditions which lead to slip or trip and fall accidents, but unfortunately such incidents do occur.

Slip and fall accidents are more common than you may think. While elderly people may be statistically at the most risk, anybody can trip. The resulting injuries can be severe, and if you’re seriously injured you need to speak with an experienced slip and fall attorney to pursue compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Common hazards
When you’re at a store, you have a right to expect reasonable steps have been taken to ensure your safety. Examples of when a store owner may be liable for your injuries include:

  • A spill or wet floor that is not cleaned up or properly labeled
  • A falling ladder or other equipment that isn’t properly stored
  • Uneven flooring or broken floorboards
  • Hidden dangers which create unsafe conditions for customers

These are just a few examples of risks store owners have a duty to discover and mitigate to prevent premises liability accidents from occurring. It is  important to act quickly after a slip and fall accident occurs in order to preserve key evidence that the store may otherwise lose or destroy.

How do I prove my case?
Because of the need to preserve key evidence like incident reports, store videos, and investigative material prepared by the store and its insurance company, it is important to speak with an experienced premises liability attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Columbia, South Carolina personal injury attorneys Eric Cavanaugh and Joe Thickens have unique experience in this area as both spent years defending grocery chains and other stores before starting their personal injury practice. Today, they apply that experience representing individuals in Richland County, Orangeburg County, and throughout South Carolina. Call us today to schedule a free consultation about your case.