Ann sued a grocery store for injuries. She had slipped on some accumulated rainwater as she stepped on a rubber mat just inside the door to the store. Prior to the fall, the bag boy had placed a “wet floor” sign approximately six feet directly in front of the door and had been instructed to mop the entrance area periodically in accordance with store procedure on rainy days. What defenses will the store assert?
When a business has a person “slip and fall” on their premises, in the past twenty years or so, the business owner(s) / management has to think: oh no, not another one. When most people think of slip and fall, they think of a broken open container of canola oil and a little old lady. The “slip and fall” law falls under the premises liability law. The simplified meaning of said law can be defined as: the person in control of the property has a duty to correct known dangers and can / will be held liable when someone is injured or a certain tort occurs as a result of a dangerous condition on the property.
There are a few different interpretations that can keep the owner in good shape after an injury occurs. The duty to keep patrons safe will vary- depending on why the person was visiting the property. If you have a fenced yard and a bucket of cement above your door booby trapped for would be burglars… burglar gets five gallons of c