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When is an establishment responsible for an accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2022 | Personal Injury -- Plaintiff |

If you get hurt in a Connecticut store or restaurant, there is a chance that the establishment will be liable for your injuries. However, that is only true if that establishment failed to eliminate the hazardous conditions that led to your accident.

Was management aware of the hazardous condition?

A store or restaurant can only be found negligent in your personal injury case if it knew or should have known about the hazardous condition. In some cases, it may be enough to show that whoever was operating the location should have known about a leaky roof, cracked sidewalk or other hazards. Furthermore, an establishment may not be responsible for injuries caused by conditions that it didn’t have sufficient time to fix. For instance, if you were hurt on a parking lot covered in snow that was falling faster than it could be cleared, it may be hard to prove that someone was negligent in causing your injuries.

Did you do anything to cause your injuries?

If you did anything to cause an accident that led to injuries, the defendant may only be liable for a portion of any losses that you incur. For example, if you failed to heed a wet floor sign before slipping and falling, a judge may find that you are partially liable for your condition. The same might be true if you were running, using your phone or were otherwise acting in a reckless manner prior to getting hurt.

In the event that you are hurt while at a store or restaurant, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. Witness statements, video footage and medical records may all be used as evidence that you were hurt because of a property owner’s negligence.