Store and Shopping Center Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occurring in stores and shopping centers can have a devastating effect on your life. As the injured party, you have a legal right to seek compensation for everything you have lost as a result of the accident, including past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and lost enjoyment of life.
Stores and shopping centers in California have a duty to protect guests and shoppers from injuries caused by dangerous property conditions. Examples of dangerous conditions in a store or shopping center include:
- Foreign substances on the floor which cause you to slip and fall
- Steps or walkways that are uneven or not built to code
- Gaps or transitions from one type of floor to another that cause you to trip
- Poor lighting conditions that cause you to walk into things or trip over objects
- Being injured by items falling from shelves
- Lack of warning for unsafe conditions
- Negligent security that results in robbery, rape or other assaults
Even though the liability for an injury may seem clear, most stores and shopping center owners will do anything they can to avoid paying damages. For example, the premises owner may claim that you suffered your injury in a prior accident or that you didn’t look where you were going.
Notice of Unsafe Conditions
California law says that store owners need to have notice of an unsafe condition before they are liable. However, it’s not always clear whether the store owner received or failed to receive this notice. Our lawyers can litigate your personal injury claim even if the store owner claims they didn’t know about the unsafe condition. For example, in the case of a spilled substance, our lawyers can find out who was scheduled to clean that day and whether they worked their rotation.
To talk to an attorney at our Los Angeles office about your premises liability case, call (310) 478-4349 or fill out the contact form on this site.