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Who is responsible for slip-and-fall accidents?

We have all been in a grocery store or another public place and noticed a slick floor, ice in an entry way, cluttered walkways, dark stairwells or any number of other maintenance issues that have to be avoided.

While we are able to maneuver around these areas most of the time, this is not always possible, especially when we are unaware of the dangerous conditions. As a result, California residents are injured in slip-and-fall accidents regularly.

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injury

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause a lot more damage than a bruised ego. They can cause injuries that lead to expensive medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Accident victims often wonder if they should be left footing the bill for slip-and-fall accidents, and the answer is “it depends.”

The duty to keep businesses ‘reasonably safe’

Under the law, store owners and other business owners who invite the public onto their properties have a duty to keep the premises “reasonably” safe. When property owners fail to meet this duty, they can be sued by people who are injured as a result.

Keeping the premise reasonably safe means that if the store owner knows, or should know, that a dangerous conditions exists, then he or she must take prompt action to fix it. Ignoring a hazard that the property owner knew about, or should have known about, can be considered negligence, which could lead to a lawsuit.

A lawyer will let you know your options

It is often difficult to determine if the property owner is labile for injuries caused by a slip-and-fall accident. It is important to meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can investigate what happened and give you advice as to whether or not you have a legal claim against the property owner.

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