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Took a tumble at a store? Consider a slip-and-fall lawsuit.

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Slip & Fall

Many people have been there: browsing the aisles at Publix in Florida or wandering through a bustling Macy’s in Chicago when, suddenly, the ground disappears beneath their feet.

Slip and fall accidents in large chain stores are unfortunately common. If you have recently taken such a fall, depending on the severity of your injuries, you might be wondering if you have a case for a lawsuit.

Understanding premises liability

Large chain stores are legally responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their customers. This concept, known as “premises liability,” applies throughout the United States. When a store fails to uphold this duty, and an accident occurs, it could be held liable for your injuries. But not every slip and fall translates to a lawsuit. Understanding specific situations where a lawsuit might be warranted after a fall in a large chain store is crucial.

For example, spills are a reality in retail stores. Proper signage and prompt cleaning are crucial. You might have a case if you slip on a freshly mopped floor with no warning sign in a store and sustain injuries. Similar to wet floors, wet staircases pose a serious hazard. You could explore legal options if you take a tumble on a damp staircase in a store like Home Depot due to their negligence in cleaning or lack of proper warning signs.

Spilled food, drinks or cleaning products can create treacherous surfaces. If you slip on a spilled oil puddle at a Kroger store that should have been cleaned up by staff and resulted in a broken bone, a lawsuit might be appropriate.

Worn steps, uneven railings or missing treads on stairs also pose a significant danger. Suppose defective stairs in a store like Walmart caused you to fall and get hurt. In that case, seeking legal recourse could be the right step.

Those welcome mats at stores like TJ Maxx can become a liability if they’re worn out, bunched up or improperly secured. A slip on a loose mat, causing an injury, could be grounds for legal action. Additionally, dim lighting in stockrooms or changing areas can obscure potential hazards. If you trip and fall due to inadequate lighting in a Costco (or any other) store, leading to an injury, you might have a case.

Premises liability law can be complex. Therefore, if you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in a large chain store, consulting with a reliable legal team may be an excellent way to determine if you have a case.