What happens when you slip and fall in a mall?

Posted March 13th, 2015 by .

Categories: Personal Injury, Slip and Falls.

slip-and-fall-in-a-mall-anthony-carboneWhen you think of slip and fall accidents, you may think of them mostly as outside events. When there’s ice and snow, there tends to be an accident. But slip and falls can happen anywhere. Take, for instance, a mall.

Let’s say you’re visiting a shopping center in New Jersey, such as Hudson Mall or Newport Centre. You plan to take your children to get pictures with the Easter Bunny.  However the floor had just been mopped and is still very slippery. You slide and fall hard, breaking your arm. Who’s to blame?

It depends on the circumstances. As with any slip and fall accident, it is the responsibility of the property owner, whether it’s commercial or private. But what about a mall? Well if this accident had happened in a store, such as a Sears or J.C. Penney, the party responsible would be the store’s. However, since this had happened in the mall itself, the responsible party would be the owners of the mall. The same goes if your slip and fall accident was caused by building flaw in the store, such as a cracked title.

But taking a look at the scenario, you may wonder what would happen if there were signs around the mopped area. When there is proper signage around, the blame may not be to the property owners since they have taken steps to keep the area safe from accidents. But what if the signs were hidden or hard to see? Then that’s another story.

Slip and fall accidents are tricky to place blame on the responsible party. That’s why you’re going to need a good personal injury lawyer. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we’ve been handling slip and fall accidents for more than 26 years. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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