Many Florida shoppers expect to purchase items that they want or need at their favorite stores and be on their way. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes accidents happen, causing serious injuries to customers. This happened to a woman in Texas in Sept. 2012 as she shopped in Ross Stores, the national clothing retailer.
The lawsuit alleges that the woman set foot upon the premises of Ross, owned by Rancho Stores, to do some shopping. During the course of her visit, she slipped on the floor, causing her to violently fall. According to the lawsuit, there was water on the floor, likely caused by the leaking ceiling.
The premises liability claim which was filed April 25, alleges that the store employees were negligent in keeping the floor clear of hazards and failed to properly warn customers of the situation. The woman is seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disfigurement, impairment, pain and mental anguish.
The lawsuit was filed in Jefferson County District Court. Ross responded to the lawsuit by requesting that the woman prove the allegations. The store issued a general denial.
Those who step foot on someone else’s property generally do not expect to face injury. Property owners — public and private — are responsible for keeping their home, business and surrounding area free of hazards. If hazards are present, guests must be notified so they can avoid injury. When guests become injured due to the fact that they acted in an unsafe manner — such as intoxication or failure to follow rules — then they may be held liable instead of the property owner.
Those injured on someone else’s property may be able to file a premises liability claim, similar to the woman in this case. A consultation with a legal professional can help a victim determine his or her rights.
The Southeast Texas Record, “Ross Stores answers slip & fall suit” David Yates, Aug. 25, 2013