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How can a business be held liable for slip and fall accidents?

A business can be held liable for slip and fall accidents if it breached a duty of care it owed toward its customers or anyone who entered its premises. Whether a company is liable for a slip and fall accident is dependent on the status of the customer as someone who was invited for the commercial benefit of the business. A business owes its clients a higher duty of care than any other visitors to the company.

Businesses of any type can be sued for slip and fall accidents. Liability for such accidents may be due to negligence in hiring, training or supervision of employees. There are laws in each state that determine which standards of care apply in a slip and fall accident that occurs at a business.

Businesses have a duty to use the same degree of care as a reasonably prudent person. They are expected to implement measures to prevent injuries that are foreseeable, take precautions and issue warnings to customers of any imminent dangers, such as a wet floor. They must regularly inspect and maintain the premises, and warn customers.

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