Most people enjoy the convenience and variety available in large chain stores, where you can find just about anything you need. You don’t have to go to several stores to get what you want. These stores do their best to provide customers with an inviting atmosphere conducive to spending money, and lots of it. But what happens when your adventure in the store comes to an abrupt end with a slip and fall accident?
A Reasonably Safe Environment
When you are in a public place, you have an expectation that you will be reasonably safe. Accidents can happen anywhere, even the slip and fall accident. Most stores will warn people of areas in which they may need to take extra precautions. Businesses are required to make sure their patrons are in a relatively safe environment. Sometimes, that is not the case. If you slip and fall while visiting a business, and you are injured in the process, you may have a legal case against the retailer. Unfortunately, it is not always a cut-and-dried process. Getting compensation for your injury and the associated costs can take you down a long and rocky road.
The Slip and Fall Accident
While there are many slip and fall accidents associated with work environments, there are also accidents occurring in large chain stores, due to negligence. The challenge is proving the situation is one that could have been avoided by the store. If a customer has a slip and fall accident in an area that is clearly marked as a hazardous area, e.g., there’s a sign designating the floor is wet, it is assumed that he or she was well aware of the situation and should have taken precautions. On the other hand, if there are a slip and fall and the situation was one in which the injured customer had no reason to believe it was a hazardous area, there may be cause for a legal case against the store.
A lawyer skilled in handling personal injury cases is required in order to get full compensation for losses due to injury. Large chain stores have lawyers on call who work with these types of cases on a regular basis. Their job is to either discredit the plaintiff or offer as little as possible in a settlement. A skilled attorney can make a big difference to the person injured in a slip and fall accident.
The law offices of Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., are known for their care and skill in litigating personal injury cases. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a slip and fall accident, contact us. We will provide you with a free initial consultation in one of our southwest Florida offices. We have offices conveniently located in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood. For lawyers who care, contact Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A.