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Slip & Fall Accidents at Businesses in DC

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When it comes to slip and fall accidents, one of the most important aspects of any potential injury claim is determining responsibility for the accident, and financial liabilities for the damages victims suffered. If you or someone you love have been injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident on a property owned by a commercial business, there’s a possibility you might have a potential personal injury case and the right to recover your losses.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers have recovered more than half a billion dollars in compensation for clients across DC, Maryland, and Virginia, including millions in recoveries for victims injured a range of slip and fall accidents. If you believe you might have a claim against a negligent business, our legal team is available to review your case, discuss your options and how we can help, and fight to secure the compensation you deserve.

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Business Liability: Who’s Responsible?

Slip, trip, and fall accidents happen on a regular basis, and not every slip and fall results in a civil injury claim. The ones that do are generally those which were caused by the negligence of businesses – including business owners and their employees – that failed to meet their legal duty for keeping guests and customers safe from preventable harm. This legal duty obligates businesses to take reasonable actions when there are potential slip, trip, or fall hazards on their properties they either:

  • Caused themselves and failed to address; or
  • Knew about or should have known about, and failed to address.

Failing to take these steps doesn’t only put customers at risk; it’s an act of negligence that constitutes a “breach” of their legal duty – and something that may make them potentially liable for any accidents, injuries, and related damages victims suffer as a result.

Whether the business is a grocery store, a restaurant, a hotel, a public / government business, or some other type of commercial entity, they often, though circumstances vary, owe patrons a duty of care. As such, they may be held responsible for failing to address dangerous conditions. In some cases, multiple businesses may be liable, such as when businesses hire subcontractors or cleaning companies to perform certain duties. In others, only one business may be named as a defendant.

Potential Slip & Fall Hazards in a Place of Business

Floors / Walkways

  • Spills aisles and walkways where customers shop
  • Open holes or debris in walkways
  • Poorly maintained, frayed, and hazardous carpeting or rugs
  • Uneven flooring, or inadequate flooring which breaks or collapses
  • Slippery floors caused by mopping, buffing, and maintenance work
  • Wet, oily, slick, and unreasonably slippery floors
  • Ice, snow, and weather-related hazards
  • Failures to warn customers / guests about slip and fall hazards
  • Failing to block, cover, or prevent access to potential slip or trip dangers
  • Leaks from ice machines, equipment, and other appliances
  • Insufficient lighting near potential tripping hazards

Stairs, Elevators & Escalators

  • Broken stair-steps, bricks, and tiles
  • Debris hazards on or near stairs
  • Broken and missing handrails
  • Slippery floors due to polishing or mopping
  • Uneven floors / misalignment and tripping hazards
  • Missing or broken steps or handrails
  • Malfunction / clothing being snagged

Premises Liability: Why You Need a Proven Lawyer

Slip and fall cases are most often premises liability claims, which means they seek to hold premises owners liable for injuries and damages suffered by victims on their property. Falling down and injuring yourself inside a business does not in and of itself mean you’ll have a case, or that you’ll prevail in your claim. To make a slip and fall case, you’ll need to establish evidence and compelling arguments, meet the burden of proof required in civil torts (lawsuits over civil wrongs), and combat any efforts from corporations and insurance carriers that want nothing more than to pay you as little as possible, if anything at all.

By working with knowledgeable attorneys who have proven experience handling slip and fall cases, you can benefit from advocates who focus on addressing all the legal aspects of your case while you recover, and who can level the playing field with powerful corporate defendants. Over the years, our firm has secured many successful recoveries in cases involving clients injured in slip and fall accidents at businesses. Some of these include:

  • $350K settlement for a woman who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after slipping on a marble floor in an elevator that had been recently polished;
  • $320K settlement for a client who suffered a broken bone (leg) when she slipped and fell on ice outside of a convenience store.
  • $150K settlement for a client who suffered knee injuries after she slipped on soda which had spilled onto the floor of a sandwich shop.
  • $135K verdict against a government entity when our client slipped and fell on ice in a METRO parking lot (Prince George’s County).
  • $100K settlement on behalf of a client injured at a local supermarket after slipping on spilled mouthwash the store’s employees failed to clean up.

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Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is comprised of Civil Trial Law Specialists, nationally recognized personal injury lawyers, and an entire team of caring and compassionate legal advocates. Learn more about your rights and whether you may have a potential injury case involving a slip and fall at a business by calling (202) 644-8303 or contacting us online.