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Spilled liquid causes slip and fall, man files lawsuit

One of the most unrecognized ways that an accident or injury can completely change someone's life is a slip and fall incident. These fall under the legal idea of premises liability, which is the notion that a property manager, business owner, or liable party involved with a piece of real estate or building must ensure that their premises is safe for patrons, guests and other people. If the premises is unsafe and someone suffers an injury as a result of the unsafe premises, then they can be held liable by the injured party.

You often hear about premises liability cases or slip and fall incidents in the context of a spilled liquid on the ground that is not cleaned up in a timely fashion. Then a patron comes walking by, steps in the liquid, slips and, subsequently falls. The injuries that a victim can suffer from this fall are quite severe. The victims can break bones, suffer nerve damage, and even become paralyzed.

When it can be proven that the liable party (or parties) failed to place warning signs out near the spilled liquid, or failed to clean up the mess in a timely manner, then the victim should consider legal action as soon as possible.

Take the case of a man who slipped on a liquid in a McDonald's. He suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result of the fall, and he claims McDonald's allowed the liquid to stay there, causing an unsafe condition on their premises. He is suing for damages in excess of $50,000.

Source: Penn Record, "McDonald's slip-and-fall injury case settled in Philadelphia County court," Nicholas Malfitano, Aug. 29, 2016

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