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Establishing liability after a slip-and-fall accident in a store

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2021 | Slip and Falls

When most people visit a store or restaurant in Mississippi, they’re thinking about what they’ll eat or what items they want to buy. However, it is doubtful that any of them will be thinking about being the victims of slip and fall injuries. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents happen frequently. With that in mind, here’s more information about the causes of these accidents and how to prove liability after they happen.

What causes slip and fall accidents?

There is a wide range of factors that can cause slip and fall accidents. Some of the most common causes include:

• Wet floors
• Exposed wires
• Excessive debris
• Cracked or uneven surfaces
• Improperly secured furnishings
• Not properly marking potential fall hazards

Proving liability against the other party

Understandably, most people who get injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident want to see the party responsible held accountable for their actions. For this to happen, the injured party would need to establish liability

One of the main aspects of establishing liability for slips and falls is whether or not a business warned you about the hazard you encountered. If this company or its employees didn’t warn you about a hazard, proving they were liable becomes much easier than normal.

Another aspect of establishing liability involves whether or not the company was more aware of a hazard than the victim. If an employee was already working on solving the hazard, the business in question might not get held responsible for your injury.

As you can see, proving that another party was liable in a slip-and-fall accident can get complicated. If you can prove the party responsible made no effort to warn you or take care of a fall hazard, you could be able to claim damages.