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Slip and fall accidents may happen on rainy days

A woman in another state claimed she fell on a liquor store floor and consequently injured herself back in 2011 due to the negligence of the store owner. She thus filed a lawsuit against the store, which led to a civil trial that was in progress late last month. When slip and fall accidents occur in South Carolina due to business property owners' carelessness, these owners may be held liable for any injuries that happen as a result.

In the out-of-state case, the woman claimed she went to the liquor store on a rainy day. When she entered the business, she reportedly stepped into a puddle and slipped. The woman asserted that the store was negligent in that it did not mop up the puddle.

Still, the store clerk asserted that no puddle was present the day the woman arrived at the store. Rather, the woman allegedly slipped on some water that she brought into the store on her shoe. The woman had to go to the hospital after the fall, where her injuries caused her to have to get a disc removed and have part of her spine fused. She claimed that she also developed a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome following the accident, which made her unable to work.

Those injured in slip and fall accidents in South Carolina and elsewhere have the right to file personal injury claims against the property owners who reportedly caused them to be injured. Liability must be established before the civil court hearing such a case will award monetary damages. A successfully fought case might lead to a financial award or settlement, which may help a slip and fall accident victim to cover his or her medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related losses.

Source: chronline.com, "Lengthy Trial Over 2011 Fall at Chehalis Liquor Store Heads to Jury", Natalie Johnson, Sept. 26, 2017

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