No one thinks about suffering devastating injuries while shopping at the grocery store, but many shoppers end up with fractured limbs, back and neck sprains, and even traumatic brain injuries due to a slip-and-fall accident.
Common causes for store slip-and-falls
Grocery store owners in Montana are responsible for taking reasonable steps to maintain the premises and ensuring that it is safe for customers. Failing to take these steps may result in dangerous conditions on the premises that result in slip-and-falls. Some of these conditions may include:
- Snow and ice on the sidewalks and in entryway of the store
- Uneven carpeting or flooring
- Poor lighting in store or parking lot
- Broken steps
- Broken shelving
- Debris in aisles
- Slippery substances on the floor
Proving a slip-and-fall claim
The grocery store owner may be responsible for your slip-and-fall accident, even if there was no intent to cause any harm. Proving that the owner is liable for your injuries requires you to establish that:
- There was a dangerous condition on the property that caused your accident.
- The store owner knew or should have known of the condition.
- The store owner or store employees negligently failed to take reasonable steps to remedy the condition.
- You suffered injuries as a result of the accident.
If your premises liability claim is successful, you can recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other expenses you incurred as a result of your accident. An attorney specializing in personal injury law can help gather the evidence necessary to prove your claim.