Do I Need a Lawyer if I Slipped and Fell in a Store?

by | Sep 19, 2013

If you have injured yourself in a fall at a store, mall, or other public place, you may want to speak to a lawyer about the seriousness of your case. In order to win what is commonly called a slip and fall case, your lawyer will help determine if you can prove one of three things.

The first option is that the owner caused the dangerous condition. For example, the owner of a hardware store left a dangerously sharp tool in the middle of the aisle without proper safeguards. A second option is that the owner was aware of the dangers condition and failed to correct it. An example of this would be if the owner was told that a customer left a sharp tool sitting dangerously in the middle of an aisle and did nothing to correct it. The last option, is that the owner should have known about the dangerous condition, because a reasonable person would have known, and failed to correct it.

So, if the hardware store owner left the dangerous tool in the middle of the aisle for a long period of time, when he ordinarily should have been conducting regular walks through the store to clean up or check its condition. Once you have established the dangerous condition, your lawyer must then help you prove that the dangerous condition caused you to fall, and that you suffered injuries as a result of that fall. This is a very important element because you cannot recover anything without proving that you were actually hurt.

A Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can help you evaluate all of these factors to determine the strength of your case. Request a free case evaluation today.

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