Walking into your local convenience store should not be dangerous, yet for one woman, it ended up causing her serious injuries. The woman was walking on the property of a Circle K store when she slipped and fell due to significant ice buildup. The woman suffered serious injuries because of the fall and has filed a lawsuit seeking damages of more than $50,000. The lawsuit names Circle K Stores, Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Store and was filed in Cook County.
Property owner and proprietors are required by law to maintain a safe environment for anyone coming onto their property. In this case the lawsuit states that the store had already been notified of hazardous conditions on their property but failed to take any action to resolve the problem. There was an accumulation of ice and snow or another type of foreign substance that caused a dangerous slippery condition in an area where people walk. Further, the property owner did not post a sign or warning or any potential problem. Therefore, the owners should be held responsible for the injuries caused by their negligent actions.
In cases such as this one, the owner is responsible for taking proper care of the property. This makes him liable for any damages or injuries that happen. Additionally, the owner was negligent by failing to take care of the property and by allowing a dangerous condition to exist. The owner knew that the unsafe situation existed yet did not do anything about it. Therefore, the owner is liable for the accident that happened as a result of his negligence. Not all falls are the fault of someone else, but many times they are. In this particular case, the lawsuit states that the owner was made aware of the unsafe condition prior to the occurrence of the accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and fall accidents are very common. In fact, falls send millions of people to the emergency room every year with injuries of varying degrees. Many times a slip and fall accident causes bruises and broken bones. In some cases, the injuries may be more serious with head injuries among the most problematic. Sometimes the injuries may be so severe that they require surgery and ongoing medical treatment and patients may even die from injuries sustained in a fall.
The woman in this case suffered serious injuries that could have been prevented if the owner had taken the necessary actions to provide a safe property. In situations such as this one, the victim has the right to seek money for damages and expenses caused by the injuries. Damages often include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and legal fees. The law limits the time to file a lawsuit after the accident so it is important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you or a loved one was injured and it was not your fault, contact the legal team at Michael T. Friedman & Associates for a consultation.
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