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Is a grocery store liable if I slip and fall on the premises?

| Aug 11, 2019 | Premises Liability |

There is always a chance you could get hurt when you are going about your day. In some cases, you may be willing to take the blame for a fall, such as tripping if your shoelaces became untied. In other instances, an accident might not be your fault. You and other Texas residents may want to learn about how property owners may be liable for a slip-and-fall accident.

It is a scenario that is not as uncommon as you may think. While grocery shopping, you walk into the aisle and do not see the spill in front of your shopping cart. As soon as your shoe meets the wet spot, you slip and hit your head on the floor. Was the accident your own fault, or should the grocery store be held liable?

As FindLaw explains, grocery store management or owners may be held liable for slip-and-fall accidents and other injuries if they failed to take reasonable measures to keep the premises safe for you and other customers. If there is a spill on the floor, employees should promptly dry the area and put up wet floor signs if appropriate to warn others of the hazard. Other safeguards should also be in effect, such as setting down mats to prevent slips in entrances on a rainy day and ensuring walkways are free of debris and other items that customers could trip over. This is especially true when employees are restocking shelves during business hours and may have boxes and products sitting in aisles.

This information may help you learn more about slip-and-fall liability, but it should not replace the advice of a lawyer.