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Slip and Fall Accidents in Public Places of Business

If you slip or trip and fall in a store or in a business, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. We have counseled clients who have been injured because of trip and fall or slip and fall accidents in stores, offices and many types of places of business. Business and property owners have an obligation to take reasonable care to keep their premises safe for customers, employees and other visitors. Although many business owners are conscientious about maintaining a safe environment, accidents do happen.

Holding The Proper Party Liable For Slip and Fall Accidents

If you slip or trip due to a structural issue with the building such as uneven flooring or stairs, your claim would likely be against the landlord/property owner.

If you fall because of something that the business owner/tenant did (or did not do), then your claim would be brought against the business owner. For example, if a freshly waxed floor at a store has no warning signs displayed and you slip and injure yourself on it, the store owner could be liable for your injuries.

Proving Negligence

Just because you slip and fall in a public business, it doesn’t mean that the business or property owner is liable for your injuries. In order to prove that the owner was at fault, you must demonstrate that the owner, business or its employees acted negligently or did not practice sufficient care in protecting you from the hazard that caused your accident, or that they knew or should reasonably have known of the unsafe condition. In addition, you may have to show that the unsafe condition was not so obvious that you should have taken steps to avoid it.

Contact Our Slip and Fall Attorneys in Oregon

Proving negligence may be challenging, but seeking the counsel of our caring team immediately following a slip and fall accident can help. Serving Marion, Polk, Linn counties and Salem/Keizer and surrounding area, we will fight for your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.