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When are store owners liable for slip and fall injuries?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2021 | Premises Liability |

People in the Las Vegas area go onto other people’s property every day. It could be going over to friend’s or family member’s homes, going to work, to restaurants and stores as well. When people go to these various locations they usually are focused on the reason that they are at the place. This could be the shopping they want to complete, eating and drinking, socializing with friends and family and other tasks. They are usually not focused on their safety.

When people are in stores, there is an expectation that the property owner or store owner will ensure that the property is safe for the customers. This does not always happen though and customers may hurt themselves in slip-and-fall type accidents. These types of accidents can result in varying degrees of injuries, but some of them can result in significant injuries which require extensive medical treatment, which usually also means that people will incur significant medical bills as well.

Elements needed to prove liability

Store owners may be required to compensate the victims of these accidents for the damages they suffered, but they are not liable for all accidents that occur on the property. They are only liable if certain elements are proven.

First is that the store owner or the employees created the dangerous condition that caused the accident. If the dangerous condition was caused by someone other than an employee, the store owner is only liable if they had actual notice or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and did not remedy it or warn customers about it.

It is not uncommon for different things to go wrong in stores in the Las Vegas area and dangerous conditions to form. Store owners are not expected to prevent everything from occurring. However, they are expected to remedy the situation when they do occur. If they do not and customers are injured as a result, they may be required to compensate them for the damages they suffer as a result. These can be very fact-specific matters though and consulting with experienced attorneys could be beneficial.