Slip and Fall at a Grocery Store
Grocery stores can be dangerous places. The combination of food and household products - liquids, gels, jellies, oils, soaps, and the like - and hard tile floors can create hazardous conditions that are often impossible to detect until it's too late.
In Texas, the law says that businesses are not responsible for every accident that takes place on their premises, but only some accidents. Those situations are when: (1) the employees of the business knew about the dangerous condition that caused the accident, or (2) the employees should have known about the dangerous condition.
When, for example, a refrigerator unit at a grocery store is leaking water onto the floor, and a store employee sees the water but fails to clean it up and/or put a warning sign out to warn customers, and if a customer then slips in the water and becomes injured, that situation falls within the first category of accidents for which the business may be held responsible.
An example of the second category of accidents would be when a bottle of cooking oil leaks onto the floor, is not noticed by any store employees, and is simply left on the floor until a customer comes along, slips in the oil, and becomes injured. The question in such cases is whether the oil was on the floor long enough that the store should have known about it (and cleaned it up). Obviously, it can be difficult for an injured customer to prove how long a dangerous condition had existed at the store before he or she encountered it, but it is usually helpful if, after the fall, the customer notices that there are footprints of previous customers or tracks from a shopping carts around the leaked or spilled substance. In fact, such evidence can sometimes be the only evidence of the store's negligence, and as such, can make the difference between winning and losing the case.
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