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Do you have a case if you fall on a slippery floor?

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2024 | Premises Liability

When you walk into a store, you expect a safe environment. However, if the floors are slippery, accidents can happen.

If a slick floor causes you to fall and get hurt, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit.

What is premises liability?

In New Jersey, premises liability laws govern cases where individuals get hurt on someone else’s property. These laws hold owners responsible when negligence causes injuries on their property. Store owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions for visitors. Slippery floors fall under this responsibility.

To establish liability in a slippery floor case, you must prove that the shop owner knew or should have known about the unsafe surface. You also need to show that they did not take steps to address the problem. For instance, if the store staff knows about a spill but does not clean it up or place warning signs, they might be liable for any resulting injuries.

What is comparative negligence?

In New Jersey, comparative negligence laws apply to premises liability cases. This legal principle assigns fault based on percentages to each party involved.

If you are partially responsible for your injuries, the court reduces your compensation based on your degree of fault. For example, if you did not notice the wet floor signs, the court might determine that you share some blame for the accident.

How do you protect your rights if you slip and fall?

If you slip and fall in a store, there are a few steps you should take to safeguard your rights:

  1. Inform the store staffabout your accident immediately
  2. Take photosof the slippery floor and surrounding areas
  3. See a doctor even if your injuries seem minor.
  4. Save medical bills and any other relevant documents

Your legal course of action depends on the unique circumstances of your case.

Understanding the laws helps you know how to get the compensation you deserve.