Who Is Liable When An Accident Occurs At A Store?

A lot of shopping will be done in the next few weeks as shoppers get ready for Christmas and other holidays.

With millions of Americans going to malls, big box stores, and other shopping areas, accidents will inevitably happen. Some of these accidents may involve:

  • Falling objects
  • Slip-and-fall accidents in store aisles
  • Falling down staircases
  • Assaults in stores or parking lots

Although shopping centers are most dangerous around the holidays, accidents can happen any time of the year.

Who is liable when someone gets injured in a store?

Property owner liability

It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the store’s conditions are safe for shoppers. This means fixing broken handrails, promptly cleaning spilled liquids, installing security cameras, and addressing other safety issues.

When the property owner fails to take these actions, they can be held accountable when an accident occurs. The injured shopper can seek damages for injuries, medical bills, etc.

If you have been injured in a store, be sure to document what happened. Take photos of where you were injured and obtain the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Also, be sure to notify the store.

Additionally, it is advisable to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following the accident.

Free consultation: Call Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner at 800-594-4884 to schedule a time to meet.