Sometimes an otherwise normal trip to the grocery store or to a fast food restaurant can quickly turn into a trip to the emergency room due to a slip-and-fall accident. If you have slipped and fallen on a business owner's property in Pennsylvania, and if the business owner did not take the necessary precautions for correcting the issue that caused your accident, the owner may be held liable for your injuries resulting from the fall. You have the right to seek damages through the civil court system.
Concerning floors, business owners are responsible for mopping, waxing and polishing their floors. However, if you slip and fall on a wet floor at a business, the owner of the property may be held liable if he or she did not provide sufficient warnings, such as signs, about the state of the floor.
Owners might also be considered liable if they used too much polish or wax, did not provide enough barriers to close off a damp or wet area of a floor, or treated one area of a floor while leaving another area untreated, thus causing a slip-and-fall accident. Failure to keep up floors and rugs may also lead to accidents, such as continuing to use mats or rugs with worn spots or curled edges.
Stairs at a business can also cause slip-and-fall accidents under the right conditions. For instance, the edges of stairs may become rounded, thus causing visitors to a store to slip when stepping on them. You may hold the owner of the property liable if he or she knew about the hazardous condition but did nothing to remedy it. Missing handrails, the lack of a non-skid surface on stairs or the presence of debris on stairs can all cause avoidable accidents at business properties as well.
Getting legal help
If you have suffered an injury after having slipped and fallen at a store, you may opt to file a premises liability claim against the allegedly at-fault store owner, seeking damages. After you establish liability before the Pennsylvania civil court hearing your case, claims for damages will be determined. If you prevail in your case and are awarded damages, the monetary compensation you receive may help with addressing medical bills and even the loss of wages if your injuries caused you to miss work.