Connecticut supermarket owners are supposed to provide a safe environment for their customers. But slip and fall accidents often occur in supermarkets. Wet floors or slick sidewalks and parking lots are common causes of these accidents. If you’ve been injured in a supermarket, you might wonder if you can sue. Yes, you possibly can sue because of premises liability.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability means that supermarket owners are legally obligated to ensure the safety of anyone on their property. That means taking reasonable steps to prevent injuries and accidents. For example, a wet floor should have a visible warning sign. A warning is also necessary in an area that has a spill.
Falling outside of a supermarket
Premises liability extends to the outside of the supermarket. You can sue for a slip and fall if it occurs on the sidewalk or in the parking lot. Poor outdoor lighting, snowy or icy walkways and damaged pavement can cause a fall.
Major and minor injuries
You can sue for any supermarket slip and fall, regardless of the severity of the injury. It’s also possible that a minor injury can turn out to be much more serious than initially suspected. In some cases, it can take weeks for the extent of damage to be fully understood.
To prove your case, you must show that a dangerous condition existed. And that the supermarket owner knew or should’ve known about the threat. You must also prove that the owner’s negligence caused your accident and that you suffered damages. In this situation, damages can include bodily harm, pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.