Petco, the pet store, has been confronted with a slip-and-fall lawsuit after a patron allegedly fell as she was on the establishment’s premises. The plaintiff initiated the suit in on February 11, 2014. She names Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., as the only defendant.
The woman asserts that in the summer of 2012, she was shopping at the Petco store. As the woman browsed the aisles, she purportedly stepped into a pool of liquid, which caused her to slip to the floor. In the accident, the woman claims to have suffered serious hip, head and back injuries.
In essence, the suit is a negligence suit, which accuses the pet store of allowing a dangerous condition to exist on the establishment’s premises. In the matter, the woman claims that the accident caused her physical pain and financial loss. She hopes to recover monetary damages from the company.
Slip-And-Fall Accidents In California
California law says that property owners must protect the safety of the premises for guests, customers or tenants. When people are invited into a store or apartment building and experience harm, the owners could be liable for disregarding such safety.
When a slip-and-fall accident occurs, it is imperative to investigate the accident right away. For example, it is helpful to document the dangerous condition, such as a pool of water. It also helps to preserve evidence and gather witnesses’ statements. Moreover, there may be an onsite video camera, which can provide some insight into the accident.
Unfortunately, slipping cases can be very difficult to prove. For this reason, it also helps to retain legal assistance. A trained lawyer is familiar with relevant health and safety violations, building codes and other factors. Also, with adequate assistance, victims of an accident can potentially recover damages for medical care, physical disability, personal property loss, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
However, it is important to recognize that the state has a six-month statute of limitations for public matters (accidents on public grounds). This means victims of premises liability matters must initiate a lawsuit against public entities right away. Yet, even in cases involving private businesses or rental properties, it is better to act sooner rather than later.
You deserve recovery if your injuries were the result of carelessness. To learn more about your case and the steps you should take, contact a local personal injury law attorney. Again, these cases are not easy, so strong legal assistance can be crucial to a successful verdict.