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Disputing Fault for a Slip and Fall at a Circle K*

Slip and fall accidents are relatively common in many convenience type stores like Circle K. If you have slipped over and fell, injuring yourself, you may be able to claim compensation, but only if the accident was the fault of the store management or a store employee.

Fault exists when it can be proved that an injury was caused by negligence on the part of the store, i.e. an accident could have been avoided if the store’s management or employees had provided a safe environment in which to use the store.

Like any convenience store, Circle K likely takes out premises liability insurance in case an accident happens on their property which is their fault. If you decide to file a claim against Circle K, you must have evidence that the company or its employees were at fault.

How to Show That Convenience Store Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall

To prove that your slip and fall injury was the fault of the convenience store or its employees, you must be able to show that negligence on their part directly led to your injury, or at least made the injury more likely. The most common examples of negligence include:

  • Allowing an obvious slip and fall hazard to exist in a place that could be used by a customer e.g. poor lighting, badly maintained floor surface, slippery floor due to recent cleaning, poorly stacked store goods on shelves.
  • Knowing that the hazard existed, but failing to do anything about remedying it within a reasonable time frame. If the hazard had just occurred, e.g. a spilled liquid making the floor slippery, then it would not be reasonable for it to be cleared up immediately.
  • Knowing that a hazard existed, but not closing that part of the store off or erecting a warning sign to alert store users about the danger of slipping over.

Evidence to Show a Slip and Fall was a Convenience Store’s Fault

The most useful evidence that you could obtain to show that your injury was the convenience store’s fault include:

  • Asking any eye witnesses who saw the accident happen to provide a written statement, an audio description of what they saw and contact details so they can be contacted later;
  • A photograph taken of the accident scene just after the accident happened. You can take a photo as long as you have a camera app on your cell phone or mobile device.
  • Find out whether there was a security camera in the convenience store that might have taken video footage of the accident that can be retrieved later.

Get Help Proving Fault

Like any convenience store, Circle K’s insurer may challenge your claim, especially whether you have sufficient evidence to prove that the store management or one of their employees was at fault. A PI lawyer can help you with your claim. Get a Free Case Evaluation to get in touch with a PI lawyer who can help prove Circle K, or any other store, was at fault for your slip and fall.

*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Circle K, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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