Girls aren’t the only ones that love shopping. Both men and women spend hours searching for holiday presents, birthday gifts, new clothes, and groceries all year round. Especially in inclement weather, slip and fall accidents can occur more regularly, particularly when stores are most busy. If you slip in a store, whether it be a small business or a big box store in New Jersey, you should contact slip and fall accident law firm Law Offices of Anthony Carbone immediately. With a track record of fighting for slip and fall victims, we will make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your accident.
Causes of a Slip and Fall Accident in a Store
Some of the common causes of a slip and fall accident in a store can be:
- Puddles caused by leaky refrigeration units
- Slippery mats or floors caused by tracked-in ice or snow
- Items that fell to the floor
- Garbage or debris
Who is Responsible for Your Slip and Fall Accident?
Let’s say you are out shopping for new clothes at Target. Right inside the doors, there are tracks of mud brought in by customers entering the store. There are no caution signs warning you of a slippery floor and no one has cleaned up the mess. Although you are careful, you slip and fall on the mud, injuring your arm. Who is responsible for your slip and fall accident?
In a situation like this, the blame is put on the business. According to premises liability, it was negligent of the Target to ignore the mess and their lack of action is what caused your accident. Whenever you have a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, it is generally the owner of the property’s fault. But what about a store like Shop Rite where the building might be owned by someone else? This can be tricky. In the scenario, the store is at fault since they failed to clean it up. However, if the injury was caused because of a structurally unsound building, the fault may be with the owner of the building.
Keep in mind that if you plan to pursue a slip and fall case against a store like Walmart or A&P, you need to prove negligence. You may have to answer questions such as:
- Were there warning signs posted about the floor conditions?
- Were you aware of the puddle before you slipped?
- Should the store have known about the puddle?
- How long had the puddle been there?
This may be hard to prove, especially if you don’t have an experienced slip and fall lawyer by your side. If you or a loved one had slipped and fell in a store in Jersey City, contact slip and fall accident attorney Anthony Carbone as soon as possible. For the past 26 years, we have been handling slip and fall cases throughout New Jersey. Contact us today for a free consultation.