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What happens after a retail slip-and-fall accident?

One minute, you were calmly pushing your cart through the aisles, considering what you needed to buy. The next moment, thanks to a wet spot on the floor, you're staring at the ceiling, seeing stars and in serious pain. You've just experienced a retail slip-and-fall accident, which can have long-term effects on your health, finances and quality of life. Slip-and-fall injuries are common. In fact, they account for over one million emergency room visits each year.

If the retail store where you were hurt didn't take steps to protect you and other customers from a wet patch or other risk, they may be liable for your medical expenses and lost wages. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney about your accident is a great first step.

Slip-and-fall accidents are typically preventable

There's a reason most retail stores have those folding yellow "wet floor" signs. They are meant to advise customers about a potential risk in the store and reduce the chances of a serious accident. If people know an area is wet, they can avoid it, move more slowly and take other precautions against a slip-and-fall accident. The business should be proactive about slippage risks, by warning customers and taking immediate steps to clean up the wet spot.

Whether the store has failed to put up a sign, clean up a spill or address an issue with their building or machinery resulting in a wet, slippery area of floor, they are potentially responsible for the damages that negligence causes.

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause severe injuries

Some lucky people who slip and fall on a wet floor end up with nothing more than a bruise and an embarrassing wet patch on the butt of their pants. Many others, sadly, incur serious injury as a result of slipping and falling on a wet retail floor. Their injuries can include broken bones, sprains or strains, spinal damage, concussions or even nerve damage. These injuries, in turn, can require expensive medical intervention, possibly including trauma care, surgery or physical therapy. In some cases, there may be several days or even months of lost wages as a result of the injury as well.

An experienced personal injury attorney can help

Many stores or their liability insurance companies are quick to offer incredibly low settlements following a serious injury due to a slip-and-fall accident. They understand their failure and how premises liability laws could hold them accountable for your injuries. Don't accept a low settlement without first consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help ensure that you don't get taken advantage of or tricked. An attorney can also advocate and negotiate on your behalf to the business or their insurer. If needed, they can also help you file a civil suit to recover your expenses.

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