All people, regardless of how they spend their days, have some risk of being injured on a commercial piece of property. When you go to the grocery store, shop for new clothing, visit the dentist to have your teeth cleaned, take in a movie, or dine at your favorite restaurant, there is always the potential that you can be injured while on the business’s property.
Although businesses may have new structures that were built to code, premise liability refers to their obligation to keep every area of their premises safe. Failing to maintain any area of the business including replacing damaged railings, using the right quality of flooring, or keeping spills out of the floor can result in a customer falling and becoming injured. Attkisson Law Firm explains that “Some of the most common examples of premise liability include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Staircase Accidents
- Accidents from Improper Maintenance
- Insufficient Security
…but there are many areas where the validity of a liability claim may come into question.”
Premise liability refers to a business’s obligation to create a safe environment for the customers that enter their establishment. When an accident does happen, it is important for the victim to treat the incident seriously; even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. The fall that causes a little sting to the knee or a little soreness to the back today could end up being a lot more noticeable by tomorrow. Even broken bones aren’t always detected right away. Make sure you file an accident report with the business so that you have the accident on-hand. Get immediate medical attention and find an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine if you have a legitimate claim.
The Not-So-Obvious Liability Injury
The causes of some accidents are glaringly obvious. A broken step or a handrail that gives way leaves little room for doubt. Others may be less obvious and can possibly be missed even after the accident victim has taken a tumble. For example, retail stores are required to use specific types of rugs or safety mats that will stay in place on the floor. When a customer trips over the corner of an inappropriate rug, their accident and resulting injury is due to the business’s negligence in choosing the right safety equipment.
Determining whether liability is at question following an accident can be difficult in a number of situations. Once the person has filed an accident report and gotten medical care, their next step should be to speak with an attorney with a great deal of experience in premise liability cases. The attorney will look at the evidence in the case and the actual cause of the accident to determine whether the business was negligent in maintaining the premises and whether the accident victim has the right to pursue compensation. Any injury that results in medical bills, pain and suffering, time off from work, or an inability to perform their normal duties has the right to compensation that will help them live as normally and comfortably as possible.