While you may know that companies, such as grocery and department stores, have a duty to clean up spills or leaks from roofs to keep their floors dry and safe for their customers and invitees, did you also know that they have to do the same during winter months when people track in snow, ice, water, and even rock salt?
Well, they do.
Companies have a duty to keep their places of business dry and safe for their invitees regardless of the source of the danger, and if they don’t, it could mean personal injury for you, and a large lawsuit for the business.
In a recent Philadelphia Slip and Fall case, a jury found for the Plaintiff/Customer returning a verdict in excess of $100,000 in her favor. The incident happened after the plaintiff slipped and fell on water at the self-checkout lane at her supermarket. Plaintiff argued that the supermarket failed in maintaining reasonable care for its customers.
In this incident, it was believed that the water was due to melting ice that a previous customer had purchased. However, the same kind of situation could apply if there is water left on the floor in businesses from snow and ice on people’s feet. If you own a business, you have a duty to your invitees to provide a safe environment.
If you are in a business that has failed to provide a safe environment and that negligence leads to a personal injury like in this slip and fall case, the injured person may be entitled to compensation for his/her injuries.
It is important that you know your rights. If you or someone you know suffers a slip and fall injury, contact one of our experienced Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys today for a free personal injury consultation.