People often misunderstand slip-and-fall lawsuits. They think, “If you fell, it’s your fault, so why blame a business?” The media often portrays these cases as greedy cash grabs as well.
These assumptions are false, and they hold people back from pursuing justice. The truth is this: Businesses have a special obligation to protect their customers.
Businesses Can Create Unsafe Conditions
When you enter a business, your primary concern should be commerce. You should be looking for what you want to buy, calculating the cost of things, and so on. It’s not your job to be hyper-vigilant of any unseen, lurking dangers.
Businesses must keep their aisles clear of any objects that you could cause you to trip. Furthermore, they must respond swiftly to spills. Failure to do so creates a hazardous environment for consumers. If you are hurt by a business’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Safety in Parking Lots
The parking lot is still a part of the business. The company pays for this land, and serving customers is the lot’s primary use.
Parking lots are held to the same standards as a business’s interior. For instance, imagine a lot with a pothole just outside the door. It would be very easy for a consumer to hurt themselves leaving or entering the structure. A business’s must repair puddles, slick spots, and cracks in their lots. If not, they open themselves up to liability.
A Business’s Responsibility to Its Customers
In our system, money is akin to survival. It is your means of feeding, clothing, and housing yourself. When you trade money at a business, you are essentially handing over a piece of your ability to live.
That’s why the law demands businesses take care of their customers. The physical structure exists only to serve customers and take their money. Therefore, companies have a responsibility to take the utmost care of people.
Personal injury lawsuits are not designed to make you rich. They are there to pay you back for your troubles.
A slip-and-fall lawsuit can cover the medical expenses associated with your injury. If you require continued treatment, the suit can help cover that cost as well.
It can also pay you back for the income you lost from missed work. When an injury inhibits your ability to work or cuts off your career advancement, you may be able to recover lost potential income, too.
You may also be paid for your pain and suffering. Your attorney can use complicated formulas to create reasonable compensation in this regard. Essentially, the more pain you endured, and the longer you endured it, the more money you could receive.
If a business was grossly negligent, you could also receive punitive damages. This is money that the court uses to punish someone for their actions.
Our firm is here to help victims of slip-and-fall accidents. If you’ve been hurt on business grounds, contact us today for a free consultation. You can call us at (904) 701-0591 or contact us online. **Consultation fees may apply to family law consultations.