Many of my clients have the misfortune of falling while shopping. Whether it be at the local coffee shop, or while shopping for new clothes, people are injured much too often at stores. Oftentimes, store owners fail to make sure their stores are reasonably safe for customers.
It is important to keep in mind however that not ever fall (and resulting injuries) are the legal fault of the respective store. Rather, before the store can be held liable for your injuries, it must be shown the store had NOTICE of the condition you claim caused your injuries. Notice can be shown by a number of ways, but it must be proven before liability can attach.
For example, suppose you slip and fall in the grocery store while shopping for groceries. You claim that it was water on the floor that caused you to fall. Further suppose the water was on the floor, and it caused you to slip and injure yourself, but the water had only been on floor for thirty seconds before your fall. Showing notice on the part of the store would be tough under these facts.
However, if it can be shown the water had been on the aisle floor for more than five minutes, and had become dirty as a result of people walking through it, then notice would be easier to prove.
Each case is unique with different facts. However, the one constant, generally, when dealing with falls in retail stores, is that notice of the condition that caused you to fall must be proven by you, or your attorney, before the store can he held liable for your injuries.