After slipping and falling in a New Jersey store recently, you do not know whether you or the store owner bears responsibility for your injuries. Should you file an insurance claim or pursue the business for damages?
Chron explains common risks that lead to slipping, tripping and falling. Determine if you may have a personal injury case.
Examples of tripping hazards include unsecured rugs and cords, poorly maintained floors and dropped items neglected on the floor. If you visit a dimly lit store, you may not see tripping hazards and sustain an injury if you fall and hurt yourself.
If liquid spills in a store and no one cleans or marks the hazard, you may slip and suffer an injury. Store owners and employees must promptly address spills, lay down mats and ensure proper drainage to keep customers and others safe. You may also slip on a poorly secured mat or carpet, especially if you do not have a nearby handrail to grab to keep your balance.
If navigating a store involves walking on an elevated area, you could face a falling risk. While common for employees working on scaffolds, lifting equipment and ladders, falls may also affect customers. Businesses that allow customers access to elevated areas should have toe boards and guardrails to reduce the risk of someone suffering an injury.
Do you think a store owner’s negligence led to your slip and fall accident and resulting injuries? If so, act quickly to protect your right to compensation, as you should not pay for another’s oversight or carelessness.