I fell while shopping at the mall. What are my rights to compensation for my injuries?
Slip and fall accidents in shopping malls are not uncommon due to the high volume of people who visit them on a daily basis and track in water, spill food and drinks, and cause wear and tear on the flooring. However, identifying who is responsible for compensating you can become complicated because a number of parties are responsible for maintaining the individual stores, parking lot, and mall common areas. Who is liable in your case will depend on a number of factors, including the location of your slip and fall accident.
Who Could Be Responsible for Compensating You in a Seattle-Area Mall Slip and Fall Accident?
You will need the assistance of an experienced slip and fall attorney who can investigate the cause of your fall and identify the negligent parties. In some cases, more than one party may be to blame. You may have a right to compensation from the following:
Store owner. Individual stores lease their space from the mall and often assume responsibility for maintaining their store property in their lease. If you fell inside a store due to worn carpeting, damaged flooring, or merchandise on the floor, your claim would most likely be against the store.
Mall owner. The mall owner owes you a duty to maintain the common areas and mall parking lot in a safe condition. If they failed to maintain the flooring in the common areas, bathrooms, and food court, they could face liability if you suffered injuries in a fall. They are also responsible for repairing potholes and cracks in the parking lot and keeping it free of snow and ice.
Maintenance company. Mall and store owners may contract with a third-party maintenance company to perform needed maintenance and cleaning services. You may be able to file a claim against this company as well as the mall or store owner if their failure to make necessary repairs, keep bathrooms clean, or clean up spills and debris in other common areas was the cause of your fall.
Snow removal services. A mall owner will often contract with a third-party snow removal service to keep the parking lot and sidewalks cleared of snow and ice. If you fell on icy or snowy pavement, you may need to file a claim against this party. You may also have a claim against the mall owner if they knew or should have known that the company they hired was allowing hazardous conditions to exist.
What Compensation Are You Entitled to in a Mall Slip and Fall Accident?
If you can prove the negligence of any of the parties listed above in causing your fall, you are entitled to compensation from them for your injuries. You may be entitled to the following types of damages:
Past and future medical expenses
Past and future lost wages
Lost earning capacity damages if you must make a job change or become permanently disabled due to your injuries
Pain and suffering and emotional distress
Our experienced slip and fall accident attorneys understand the importance of identifying all liable parties and pursuing claims against them so that you receive all the compensation you deserve in your settlement. We offer a free consultation to explain your legal options to you and answer all of your questions. To schedule your appointment, fill out our convenient online form or call our Bellevue office today.