Tampa Shopping Mall Slip and Fall
Shopping malls can be fun for shoppers, but they’re very busy. Because of all the people and commotion involved, accidents can happen. The most common accidents are slips and falls, which can cause a variety of injuries. In some cases, the victim may be liable for their own injuries, but there are situations in which a third party, such as the mall owner or store owner could be at fault.
Determining liability in these situations can be tricky because of all the players involved. Contact the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson for expert legal help in these situations.
Slips and Falls in Shopping Malls
There are many ways in which slips and falls can happen in a shopping mall due to the environment. In some cases, a slip and fall may occur before the customer even gets inside the mall. The parking lots or sidewalks may have snow and ice, causing dangerous conditions.
Once inside the mall, the customer may encounter slick, polished floors, which can be especially slippery on rainy days when customers bring in water from outside. There are many other hazards inside the mall. Spilled drinks and food crumbs may litter the floors of the food court. Elevators and rugs that are not well-maintained can cause tripping hazards. Inside the tenant stores may be cords, boxes, and debris cluttering the aisles. All these situations can cause slips, trips, and falls.
Who is Negligent?
If you are injured while inside the mall, and the property or store owner is at fault, you are guaranteed the right to compensation. However, you need to prove that the other party was liable. Liability is based on negligence.
Evidence of negligence means showing that the mall in some way breached a duty, and that breach caused you to slip and fall and suffer injuries. You will need evidence to prove that:
- The defendant knew about the unsafe condition.
- The defendant did not warn customers or fix the hazard.
- The defendant’s failure caused you to suffer injury.
However, liability in these cases are not always clear-cut. There are various parties who could be at fault. For example, if your accident occurred in a common area, the owner of the mall could be held liable. If the slip and fall was inside a store, it’s possible that either the store or the mall owner could be at fault. If you slipped and fell on an escalator, the property owner, store, or maintenance company could be at fault, depending on the location of the store.
Contact Us Today
Shopping malls may seem like fun places for teens and other shoppers, but they often have hidden dangers. If you’re not careful, you could become a victim.
Seek legal help right away from the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson. We know that liability in these cases can be tricky, so we’ll thoroughly assess your case to make the right decisions. Schedule a consultation with our office today by calling 813-251-0072 or filling out the online form.