Tampa residents may note the recent case of a woman is seeking to recover damages from a national supermarket chain after allegedly falling in a store last June.
In her suit, the woman claims that Kroger failed to warn her about spilled lotion that was on the floor -- the liquid made the floor "wet and slick" and caused her to slip and fall. Her court filings contend there were no signs to alert her or other customers about the dangerous condition. The lawsuit thus alleges that Kroger failed to maintain the safety in its retail store by failing to clean up the mess before it could cause an accident. The woman is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Specifically, Kroger is faulted for the company's failure to maintain its property in a reasonably safe condition and failure to correct a dangerous condition that was presented by a slippery floor.
Property owners should keep in mind that although customers have some responsibility for their own safety, owners and property managers are also responsible for keeping their property safe. Warning signs and efficient employees may have avoided the slip-and-fall accident in this case.
Injuries caused by the negligence of a property owner can be serious and costly. Aside from substantial medical costs that often arise from extensive treatment and medication, an injured person can miss work and even be permanently disabled.
A premises liability lawsuit may be filed against a negligent property owner to claim fair compensation. To do so, it is important to establish that the owner was negligent in failing to maintain safe conditions.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Wet and Slick' Floor at Galveston Kroger Caused Shopper's Slip and Fall, According to Court Documents," John Suayan, Nov. 13, 2013