If you slip and fell at a place of business on a wet floor, there are a few things that you need to you need to know if you want to pursue a personal injury case against the business.
#1 It's The Owner's Responsibility To Provide A Safe Premise
The first thing that you need to be aware of is that it is the building's owner who is responsible for providing safe conditions to anyone who is inside or on the premise of their property. That means that when you file a personal injury lawsuit for a slip and fall case, you need to file it against the building owners, not the store or business who is leasing the building in most cases.
#2 The Reason The Floor Was Wet
The second thing you need to figure out before going forward with your case is why the floor was wet in the first place. Oftentimes, this is best figured out before you leave the scene of the accident. Was the floor wet because there was a leak in the ceiling? Was the floor wet because it was raining outside? Was the floor wet become a container had been dropped that contained liquid?
The reason behind the wetness on the floor can be vital to proving your case. You are going to need to show that it was reasonable for the floor to be dry. It can be really helpful to have pictures that show the wet floor.
#3 How Long The Floor Was Wet
The third thing you need to figure out is how long the floor was wet before you slip and fell on it. You may be able to figure out this information by asking the store employees, asking customers or looking at surveillance footage from that day.
The length of time the floor was wet is vitally important to your case. If the floor was wet for just a couple of minutes, it is reasonable that it may not have been cleaned up or that warning signs may not have been put out. However, if the floor was wet for an extended period of time, it becomes more responsible to claim that the property owner or business should have cleaned the floor or put up the proper warning signs for customers.
#4 How Slippery The Floor Was
Finally, you are going to need to give testimony or present evidence about how slippery the floor was. If it was just a few drops of water, once again, it is reasonable that it may not have been cleaned up or a warning sign put out. If there was a big puddle of water, it becomes less reasonable that it was not noticed and addressed.
If you fell on a wet floor, the key to winning your personal injury suit is all about proving the conditions of the floor and how long it was in those conditions, as well as finding the correct responsible party to sue based on the laws in your state. Contact a local personal injury lawyer, such as one from Connor Law, for further assistance.