Can I Sue if I Slipped & Fell in a Store?
When you enter a store, you expect the space to be reasonably safe. As
an owner of the property, the landlord is required to maintain a structurally
safe building. Additionally, store owners are also required to keep their
storefront free of hazards that could potentially injure their customers.
If you slipped and fell in a store or business, you could potentially
have a claim or lawsuit. Our Fort Lauderdale attorneys have served the
community for over four decades and are well-versed in personal injury
claims. We’ve put together some items to consider when deciding
if you have a slip and fall case.
Two Basic Liability Rules
Property Owner Keeps Property Safe – This means the landlord or property owner is required to maintain
a reasonable level of safety with regard to the structure of the building.
If the carpet begins peeling back, the landlord should replace or repair
the carpet in a timely manner in order to prevent injury.
2.Customer/Visitor Using the Property Normally -- When you visit a as a location, you are expected to use the property according
to the rules clearly established by the property owner. If you have ever
swum at a community pool, you may have noticed numerous signs warning
you against running while around the pool area. If you slipped and were
injured after running around the pool, you could be held liable for your
actions because you failed to heed the warnings and were using the property
Who is Liable?
When determining liability for a slip and fall case that occurred in a
business, our attorneys first consider the cause of the accident. If you
tripped due to a water spill, you would want to find out why the water
was spilled on the floor. If the water was spilled by another customer
and left on the floor for an unreasonable amount of time, the responsibility
will likely land on the store owner. However, if the water was on the
floor due to a leaky air conditioning unit that the building owner failed
to repair, then the liability could fall to the landlord.
Questions To Ask After a Slip and Fall Injury
If you were severely injured after slipping and falling, it may be difficult
to obtain the answers to the following questions right after the incident.
Once you are able you should consider asking the following questions:
- Why was the floor slippery?
- Was there a warning about the slippery floor?
- Were you aware of the slippery floor before you slipped?
- Was the building owner or shop owner aware of the floors condition prior
to your accident?
Determining If You Have a Case
Once you have considered all of the above, gather your evidence. Collect
any medical bills you have from the accident, and organize any witness
testimony or contact information. The next step would be to consult a
qualified Fort Lauderdale attorney savvy with personal injury cases like
Rosenberg & Rosenburg we offer free consultations so our clients can find out if they have a
case without having to pay a cent.
Schedule your free consultation