Accidents at Retail Stores
Going shopping is a major part of our lives, and for some it is even a favorite pastime. For the most part, most people do their shopping and return home without any problems. However, not all trips to the mall or grocery store always go as planned. Sometimes, you may be involved in an accident at the store that may result in serious injuries.
Getting hurt or injured while legally on someone else’s property is a common type of personal injury law called premises liability law. Property owners have the duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition and to remedy or at least warn invitees on their premises of any dangerous conditions which are known, or with the exercise of reasonable care should have been known.
If you or a loved one was injured on someone else’s property, such as a retail store, you should immediately consult with an Orange County slip and fall attorney. Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Legal Obligations of a Store Owner
Store owners, or employees of owners who have control of the store, must inspect the premises within a reasonable time frame to make sure the area is safe. In most cases, store owners have employees walk through the store checking for spills or items which may have fallen. Most stores also have a video camera that records everything in their store, including slip and falls and other such incidents.
In some cases, an injury may happen as the result of an assault in the parking lot where there is no security. If the store owner knows or should have known that there was a security problem or crime in the area, they may have a duty to provide proper protection to you as an invitee on their premises.
Who Is At Fault?
Unlike motor vehicle accidents, more than one person or entity can generally be at fault in a retail store accident. As such, it is important to look for all parties who may be responsible for your injuries. Some common parties who can be held liable in premises liability cases include:
- Property owners
- Management companies
- Franchise corporate headquarters
- Equipment manufacturers
- Third parties, such as security companies
An experienced premises liability attorney in Orange County can help you determine who may ultimately be held responsible for your injuries.
Consult with an Orange County Premises Liability Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Orange County slip and fall attorney, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.