Accidents happen in retail stores in California and all other states on a regular basis. Sometimes, the accidents are purely coincidental. However, sometimes accidents occur that could have easily been prevented had business owners or managers acted with the safety of their customers as their goal. If you suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall accident at a store, what can you do?
Depending on the circumstances that led to your accident, you may be eligible to pursue personal injury compensation. To do so, you will need to be able to prove to a civil court that negligence was the root cause of your accident. This means that you will need to show that a dangerous property condition existed and that the entity responsible for the property failed to take action to fix the problem or alert the public to the dangerous condition.
In addition to proving negligence, you will also have to prove that the condition is one that you did not expect. For example, if someone is injured due to newly fallen snow, most courts will not find for that person for two reasons. First, the victim should have been aware that the new snow presented a danger, and, second, the property owner did not have enough time to rectify the situation if the snow was still falling or if it had just stopped falling.
Because it is difficult to prove fault in a slip-and-fall accident, most victims of these types of accidents seek the help of experienced personal injury attorneys. These legal professionals can quickly identify cases that have merit. After they determine that their clients have cases, they can then gather evidence to present to California civil courts.