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At a shopping center, I slipped on the wet floor and broke my tailbone. Would I sue the owners of the particular store, or of the entire complex?

Liability depends on many factors, primarily the exact location where you slipped and the cause of the wet floor.

Typically, an individual or corporation owns the building that comprises the shopping center. The owner or owners then rent out particular units to individuals or corporations. While the tenants are responsible for conditions within their particular units, the landlord remains responsible for conditions in the common spaces of the mall or shopping center. The first factor of many to consider was whether you slipped inside a particular store or in an area for which the landlord is responsible, such as a corridor, a food court, a parking lot, or a restroom. It is similar to if you were to slip in a friend’s apartment kitchen, for which they are solely responsible, versus slipping on the stairs your friend’s landlord was contractually remiss in de-icing.

From here, the issues of liability become much more complicated, revealing why it is so important to consult a personal injury attorney as you pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering:

• Why was the floor wet? Was it sloppy housekeeping? Was the landlord or the tenant responsible for housekeeping in the area where you fell? Was a third party hired for housekeeping, making them partially liable as well?

• If the wet floor resulted from leaking pipes, poorly maintained pavement, or unmarked hazards, the hazard may have resulted from the negligence of the landlord, even if you slipped and fell.

As you have seen, liability is a complicated question. Call our office today to discuss your options. Our experienced personal-injury attorneys will work to make sure you receive the absolute maximum for your suffering.