When we enter a store or a commercial property, we have a certain expectation that the owner has done everything in his or her power to keep the premises safe from hazards. If there's snow, walkways should be salted. If there's a spill, it signs should be put up and the problem should be taken care of in a timely fashion. So you might think that an injury from a slip-and-fall accident should be an open and shut case.
Nobody expects to be injured when they leave the comfort of their home to go shopping, run errands or go about their daily lives. However, the unexpected can and does happen. Slip and fall accidents occur under a variety of circumstances. Perhaps the commercial premises are in an unsafe condition. For example, flooring can be in need of repair, lighting can be inadequate and floors may be unexpectedly slippery. Even the exterior of a retail store can have weather related issues. All of these things can become a hazard to the customer, often resulting in falls that lead to injuries, sometimes severe ones.
When we head out to our local shopping mall, premises liability is not usually at the forefront of our mind. Generally speaking, we tend to think of public places as safe places to visit and take our children. We rarely give much thought to what to do should anything happen when we are in public places. Unfortunately, there are times when even a pleasant outing, such as getting a child's picture taken with the Easter Bunny at the local shopping mall, can become a dangerous situation.