Many San Mateo residents shop at big retail stores with high pedestrian traffic. When customers enter these premises, the businesses owe them a duty of care to keep the premises safe and to warn customers of any dangerous conditions. If this duty is not upheld, then serious injuries may result.
One man has found himself in such a situation after slipping and falling on a wet floor at Wal-Mart. The man has since filed a lawsuit against the big-box retailer, claiming it failed to properly maintain its premises and it failed to warn him of the dangerous condition. The victim seeks to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Though many wet floors in a grocery store are not caused by employees, the business is still expected to survey the premises to discover any hazards. Once those dangers are found, the business must put customers on notice so they can avoid the dangerous area. In a wet floor case, for example, an employee may need only see the wet floor and put up a wet floor sign to warn customers of the slippery condition in order to fulfill the duty.
But when an employee or a property owner fails to inspect his property and injuries result, the victim can face a long road to recovery. Physical pain may linger for years or even a lifetime while wages may be lost due to hospitalization. Also, medical expenses can mount, leaving the victim confronting debt he never deserved to incur.
An injured individual who finds himself in this situation should consider his legal options. Amongst these are filing a premises liability lawsuit against the owner of the property where the accident occurred. If the victim can prove dangerous property conditions led to his injuries, then he may obtain compensation for his harm.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Wal-Mart named in slip & fall lawsuit,” David Yates, Nov. 19, 2013