Business owners in northern climates know that snow and ice this time of year pose potential hazards for customers. A slip and fall accident can happen at any time of year but with winter comes additional pedestrian risks, and most business owners know that a customer fall can be unexpectedly devastating.
Slip and fall accidents can cause a myriad of injuries from lacerations to head injuries and fractures, and can have serious long term consequences and medical costs. A slip and fall on the premises can happen not only from snow and ice but from a variety of impediments, whether it is steps, a loose flooring tile or carpet, or poor lighting in pedestrian areas. Snow and ice are among the outdoor hazards but can also include cracked pavement, parking beams, rain gutters, accumulated debris, or other surface issues. A business owner is responsible to maintain the site in a safe condition for their customers and staff and take reasonable care to prevent dangerous conditions or risk a lawsuit.
In cases of snow and ice, courts have found that a business owner should exercise reasonable care in clearing the surface but that hazards can still exist even with the best prevention, particularly during severe weather. In many cases, the owner is granted a reasonable amount of time to clear the snow or ice and must avoiding allowing it to increase. In cases of other surface hazards, an owner must repair anything, such as a pothole or broken floor surface, and take appropriate steps to prevent falls within a reasonable time frame. If the business owner fails to do so, they can be found negligent in a slip and fall case and be responsible for medical and other costs for an injured victim.
Not owning the physical property where a business operates will not exempt a business owner from liability. Business owners who lease their premises from another party still have a duty to address potential hazards with the property owner and they remain legally responsible for those patronizing their business.
For anyone injured in a slip and fall case at a place of business, it is important to know your rights. An injury can be devastating, and your medical treatment and care should be foremost. Documenting the location and condition of the accident is a primary step when filing a claim. When feasible, this should include photos of the hazard and contact information for any eyewitnesses. An experienced Cherry Hill slip and fall attorney can provide guidance on substantiating a liability claim and getting the medical treatment and compensation you need after an injury.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Represent Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
DiTomaso Law has experience advocating for victims of slip and fall accidents and obtaining the best possible results for you. Contact a Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your case by using our online form or call us at 856-414-0010. With office locations in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout Camden, South Jersey, Mt. Holly, and Camden County, New Jersey.