Wet Floor Accidents
A puddle of water on the floor may not seem like a dangerous situation, but to the unsuspecting customer in the grocery store, it can pose a serious health issue. Wet floor accidents and other types of slip and fall accidents have doubled over the last 10 years. Slips and falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths.
If you slipped and fell on a wet floor, you are likely dealing with serious injuries. The owner of the business entity may be held liable for your damages. Get the help you need to pay bills and recover by contacting the Chicago premises liability lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.
Elements of Slip and Fall Accidents
To file a lawsuit against a property owner for a wet floor accident, you must be able to prove all of the following elements:
- The owner created the condition.
- The owner knew about the wet floor, but did not clean it up or was otherwise negligent in their actions.
- The wet floor was apparent for a long enough time that a reasonable person should have known about it and corrected it.
The first two elements are fairly straightforward. Proving the third element is the most difficult because it states that a “reasonable person should have known about it.” This is not clear-cut and, as a result, involves using common sense to determine if the property owner was careful enough to assess the store for damage and clean up the mess in time.
In order to seek a recovery for a wet floor accident, there must be a negligent party involved. In some cases, multiple parties are responsible. This could be not only the business itself, but the property owner or property management. This applies if the business rents the space from another party, which is common with small businesses. In this case, the business is considered to be the tenant and has a duty to keep the premises safe and free of safety hazards such as wet floors.
While business owners are liable for wet floor accidents most of the time, customers can cause their own injury accidents. For example, if you spill your coffee and slip in the puddle, the property owner likely will not be held responsible since you created the condition. The same goes for a customer who is distracted by a phone call and runs into a liquor display, causing a spill and subsequent injury accident.
Each slip and fall case is different, depending on the circumstances and severity of the injuries. The main portion of your compensation will be medical bills. Any current or future medical treatment should be included in your damage value.
You are also entitled to receive compensation for lost wages. This amount is fairly easy to calculate by reviewing past pay stubs.
You are entitled to other damages as well, but they are more difficult to value. Pain and suffering is a type of emotional damage that is often based on your medical bills. Attorneys often arrive at a specific value by multiplying your medical bills by a specific number.
If your injuries were so severe that you can no longer work, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss of earning capacity. The value of your compensation will depend on your occupation, salary, age, and role in your household (working full-time, etc.).
Get Your Slip and Fall Case Evaluated
Wet floors can be extremely dangerous, causing lacerations, broken bones, head trauma, spinal injuries, and other serious injuries. If you slipped or tripped and fell while in a store or other type of business, you may be able to hold the company liable for your injuries and recover compensation for the damages you suffered.
No two slip and fall cases are alike. Each has different circumstances involved, making it difficult to value them and estimate how much compensation you can expect to receive.
Take legal action by contacting the Chicago premises liability lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We can evaluate your case and determine your rights to compensation. Get started today by calling (312) 236-2900.