Under California law, a grocery store owner is at fault when there is a spill on the ground that the store owner had notice of and failed to clean it up. Thus, a store owner must make sure hazardous conditions, such as spills, do not remain in the store. This means a grocery store owner must be careful so as not to create a hazard. Also, if a hazardous condition is created by someone else, such as another customer spilling something, the owner must clean it up within a reasonable period.

Slip and Fall: What is reasonable?

It depends on the situation. Generally, a grocery store owner must be given the opportunity to discover and remedy the hazard. Often, the victim has no way of knowing how long something was on the ground. The victim can still win the case if he or she can prove the owner had no inspection procedures, or they were deficient.

Hazards – Slip and Fall

Whether a hazard was on the ground for too long is a question of fact for a jury. There are no exact time limits. Instead, each accident must be viewed in light of its own unique circumstances.

Slip and Fall Investigations

An investigation must be conducted to find out if 1) the grocery store owner created the dangerous condition or, 2) if the grocery store owner did not have proper inspection procedures.

If you slipped on something and suffered an injury, contact MCIS Lawyers to find out if you have a case.