Have you ever seen a puddle of water on the floor at your local shopping mall? Have you ever slipped on a grape in the produce section of a grocery store? Or maybe you have fallen in a public restroom where the floors had been recently cleaned, yet there was no adequate signage or other warning indicating that the floor was slippery. This is when North Carolina premises liability law becomes important.
Slip-and -fall injuries can happen any day of the week, in any number of places, to any person. It is important for you to know that you have rights when it comes to your personal safety in public places. If you have been injured in any kind of slip-and-fall situation, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries.
Slip-and-Fall Injuries: The Facts
Slip and Fall injuries are an all to common occurrence. In fact, these happen to thousands of people every day. Though accidents do happen, these are commonly situations in which people find themselves when visiting a number of different kinds of public facilities.
Unfortunately, every year hundreds of people are severely and/or permanently injured from these types of falls. It is the store owners responsibility to maintain a safe environment for their clientele. If you are hurt and feel as though it was due to the negligence of a store owner/property manager, contact our Raleigh slip-and-fall lawyers immediately so that we may begin evaluating your case.
Slip-and-Fall Injuries: Contributing Factors
There are many factors that can cause a store or other public facility to be a dangerous place for its visitors, ultimately causing a slip-and-fall injury. These factors include foreign substances on the floor such as spills from broken containers, merchandise stacked in an unstable manner, damaged flooring, poor lighting, or lack of adequate warning signs in the appropriate places throughout the store or other public place.
These situations can and often do cause shoppers to trip, slip, or fall, and severely injure themselves. If the store has any one of these factors present, it can prove to be a very dangerous place for its customers.
Slip-and-Fall Injuries: Injuries, Claims & the Law
Slip-and-fall injuries do not have to go unaddressed. If a store owner is negligent, causing you to become injured, you have rights! The law says that the owner of any public business establishment has certain responsibilities toward the customers that are invited to the establishment to conduct business. According to these rules, the business must:
- Use reasonable care to ensure the safety of those invited to the place of business.
- Use all diligence to correct any potentially dangerous conditions once the owner is made aware of them.
- Warn all customers who may face injury because of any known hazardous condition.
Finally, the law also recognizes that even though a business owner may not be aware of a dangerous condition on the business premises, there are times when (according to common sense) they SHOULD have known about the dangerous condition. In any and all of the above described situations, you maybe have a justified claim and be entitled to some kind of compensation if you have been injured.
Slip-and-Fall Injuries: What a Slip-and-Fall Attorney Can Do For You
When someone is hurt as the result of a slip-and-fall injury in a public place, sudden medical bills and dealing with the store and/or its insurance company can often lead to a huge headache. The insurance company may be too slow in paying your medical bills or worse, it may argue that the accident was your fault, and that you are not entitled to anything in the first place! If you are in this kind of situation without an attorney, getting relief can be extremely difficult, if not impossible.
At Brent Adams & Associates, our slip-and-fall attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you get the results you need and deserve. Give us a call today at 877-BRENT-ADAMS or, if you prefer, complete our online evaluation.