With holiday shopping in full swing and Black Friday on the horizon, people around the world are going to be spending more time in big box stores and other retailers. In places like New York, where inclement weather conditions like snow and ice can begin as early as October, there is an increased risk of tracking water, mud, and other potential slippery substances into these spaces. When this happens, shoppers are put at a greater risk of becoming injured through a slip and fall accident.
So what can you do if you’ve experienced a slip and fall resulting in injury? Read on to learn about how liability is determined and the steps you can take toward financial recovery.
Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident in a Store?
In order to hold someone liable for your slip and fall accident, you will need to prove that they were negligent. In the context of a retail setting, this means that the store owner or employee failed to take reasonable steps to prevent or remedy a hazardous condition on their property. The burden of proof will be on you, the injured party, to show that the store should have known about the dangerous condition and took no action to address it.
Some common examples of negligence that can lead to a slip and fall accident include:
- Spilled liquids on the floor that are not cleaned up in a timely manner
- Uneven or torn carpeting
- Loose floorboards or tiles
- Icy sidewalks or parking lots
- Wet or slippery floors
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Injury
After you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, there are certain steps you should take in order to protect your legal rights. First, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away – even if you don’t think your injuries are serious. Many times, the full extent of an injury is not immediately apparent. By getting a medical evaluation, you can ensure that any injuries are properly documented.
It’s also important to take steps to preserve evidence of the accident. If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any hazards that may have contributed to your fall. It’s also a good idea to get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. These steps will be important if you decide to take legal action against the store owner or employee.
Finally, you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Basch & Keegan LLP has been helping New Yorkers recover financially for personal injury matters since 1987. When you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, call (845) 251-4545 to learn how we can help.