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Almost any kind of condition can cause a slip and fall injury. The most common conditions are spills or liquids on the floor of a store or other business. Also common are commercial rugs or floor mats that are not lying flat as they’re supposed to. Missing tiles can cause slip and falls in commercial establishments. The negligence of an employee in a commercial establishment can cause a slip and fall if they, for example, drop something on you, bump you, or push you accidentally. Poor lighting also can cause slip and falls, which is something that we sometimes see in apartment complexes when the lighting isn’t properly maintained.

What Should I Do After A Slip And Fall Accident Occurs And I Am Injured?

After a slip and fall accident, you should get in touch with the nearest employee of the commercial location where the accident occurred. They can call for an ambulance if you’re injured, and will take a report with all important information regarding how the fall happened. It’s important to talk with anyone who may have seen the incident because they may be important witnesses for you. They may even be able to tell you that they had already reported the dangerous condition to store managers and that nothing had been done about it.

Who Is Responsible For Injuries Sustained On A City Sidewalk?

The city is responsible if there’s any condition that is dangerous on a sidewalk, such as a gap in the pavement that is out of code, a pothole, or missing sections of pavement. However, the city or municipality has to have notice of the condition. We can prove notice if we can show that the condition is the kind of condition that takes a long time to develop and did not appear overnight.

I Was Injured In A Store. Can I Be Compensated?

You can be compensated for an injury in a store involving a slip and fall or trip and fall. Just like other kinds of slip and fall and trip and fall cases, you do have to prove that the store did something negligent. That means that the dangerous condition had to have either been caused by a store employee or was left for a long enough period of time that store employees should have realized. Store personnel are supposed to regularly check for any kind of dangerous condition.

If store management is conducting regular sweeps, they have a log of those sweeps, there’s no witness who says that the condition was left for a long time, and it’s not the kind of condition that could only have been caused by store employees, then that will often be a difficult case to win.

At What Point Should A Store Owner Have Known Of A Dangerous Condition?

There is no certain length of time that is established by law for when an owner should know about a dangerous condition. It will depend on the kind of store, the size of the store, and the location of the dangerous condition. In general, the longer a condition exists, the better the chances will be of winning your case and proving that management knew or should have known about the dangerous condition. In cases where we don’t know how long a condition existed, we can sometimes decide from the appearance of the condition that it must have been long enough for store management to have known of the condition.

If the condition is easily visible from a security camera, for example, we can sometimes prove that security should have known about the condition immediately or prove how long the condition existed. Other conditions are more difficult to notice, and if the store management can prove that it was very difficult to see, and even a very careful store owner would not have seen the condition in question, that might be a case that that would not be successful.

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