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Can I file a claim after falling in a store?

Every year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania and around the country are injured while shopping in stores. Many of these injuries are the result of slip-and-fall accidents that could have been prevented by the storeowners. If a slip-and-fall accident was caused by a storeowner's negligence, the injured shopper may have a case for filing a premises liability claim.

Some of the factors that could cause a shopper to fall in a store include wet floors, torn carpet or poor lighting. Overcrowding, problems with shopping carts and unsafe retail displays can also result in store falls. Before or after entering a store, a shopper could be injured if they fall on a cracked, icy or uneven parking lot.

In order to bring a claim against a storeowner, a shopper who has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident must be able to prove that the storeowner was liable for their injuries. To establish this point, the injured victim must show that the storeowner either knew or should have known about the dangerous conditions that led to their fall. The injured shopper must also be able to demonstrate that the dangerous conditions directly resulted in their injuries and caused them to suffer damages.

A person who has been injured after falling in an overcrowded store might wish to seek compensation for their injuries from the storeowner. An attorney may be able to help a victim of this kind of accident by gathering evidence to prove that the storeowner filled their premises beyond its maximum capacity. Every premises liability case will involve a unique set of circumstances so this information should not be confused with legal advice.

Source: Findlaw, "Slip and Fall Injuries", December 30, 2014

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