Many of us must go to the grocery store and other retail shops at least once a week. While these trips are often completed without incident, some customers suffer serious injuries in a slip and fall accident. They may need expensive, lengthy medical treatments and be off work for months or longer while they're recovering.
It's important to understand the common causes of these falls and when the owner can be found liable so if you're injured, you'll receive all the compensation you deserve.
Reasons Slip and Fall Accidents Happen at Stores in Kansas and Missouri
There are many reasons that slip and fall accidents occur in businesses. Some of the most common causes include:
Spills of drinks and food, water tracked in by employees and customers, and cleaning can make floors dangerously slick if the wet surfaces aren't dried or warning signs aren't posted.
When carpets aren't repaired or replaced when needed, they can become worn and ripped and cause a tripping hazard for an unsuspecting guest.
If there's insufficient lighting in the store or parking lot, it can make it impossible for a customer to see danger, such as a spill on the floor or cracks in parking lot asphalt, before it's too late to avoid falling.
Some slip and fall accidents are caused when fallen merchandise, debris, and boxes are left in the aisles and customers trip over them.
Parking lots can become treacherous when snow and ice aren't promptly removed or cracks and potholes aren't repaired promptly.
When Can a Store Be Responsible for Compensating You?
Just because you fell at a store doesn't mean the owner is responsible for compensating your expenses. You must prove the store’s negligence was the cause of your fall.
In both Kansas and Missouri, stores and other businesses have a duty to keep their properties in safe condition and to remove or repair hazards promptly. If they cannot correct dangers right away, they must post warning signs. If their breach of these duties caused your fall and the evidence supports your claim, they can be found negligent and face liability for your injuries.
Types of Compensation You Can Receive
If your injuries were caused by a store’s negligence, Missouri and Kansas laws state you're entitled to be fully compensated for both your past and future damages. Your settlement might include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity damages
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one died due to a fall
Have You Been Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident?
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.