Accidents happen all too frequently in retail stores across Georgia. One of the most common issues involves wet floors from recent mopping, when staff members fail to put up adequate signage and customers slip and fall on the slick surface. In fact, store owners and managers have a responsibility to warn customers of potential hazards, and their failure to do so reasonably is considered negligence.
For a negligent retail business to be found at fault for a patron’s injury, one of the following must have occurred:
- The owner or an employee must have caused the dangerous condition. This would include a spill or other slippery, hazardous condition.
- The owner or an employee must have known about the condition and not have done anything to prevent or remedy it. An example would be an employee mopping the floor without putting up a warning sign or a store failing to clear an icy walkway.
When it comes to filing a personal injury claim, it’s important to note that the property owner must have owed you a duty of care and reasonable protection. In most situations, business owners agree to care for and protect customers simply by opening their doors to the public. Conversely, if the victim was injured while on premises illegally or after entering a clearly marked prohibited area of a public space, the owner may be exempt from liability.
Often, it’s difficult to prove fault in premises accidents. Success in a claim may depend on the measures a store or building owner took to ensure safety on the premises for customers or guests. For further legal guidance after injury in a serious slip and fall accident in Marietta, consult a knowledgeable attorney.