IfI slipped on a puddle of water at the grocery store and hurt my leg and my hand, canI sue?

There was no wet floor sign. My hand was cut open bleeding. I couldn’t walk right after my knee hurt so bad.

Asked on November 1, 2011 under Personal Injury, Oregon


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

IF the store was at fault, they might be liable. The store would be at fault if they knew of the puddle and didn't mop it up; if a store employee caused the pubble (e.g. spilled something); if the store should have known of it, but didn't take action (e.g. it was around long enough someone should have noticed); or if the store knew of the condition (e.g. a roof leak) which caused it. On the other hand, if the store was not at fault--for example, some other customer spilled something a few minutes ago, and there was no time to become aware of the puddle  or clean it up--they'd not be liable.

If the store is liable, you could potentially recover medical costs, lost wages, and for *serious* injuries, possibly pain and suffering, usually in an amount of 1 - 3 times the medical costs.

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