I have come to look forward to my weekends with our Aunt Peggy. She had celebrated her 81st birthday a few months ago, and as always, she was in high spirits and sharing embarrassing family stories.
Aunt Peggy is mentally sharp. She walks a little slow, but she still walks her neighborhood every morning, rain or shine. I planned an outing to take her to an apple orchard and hoped we could make apple pies.
We got off to a great start on Saturday morning. The drive went fast, and in a blink, we were at the apple farm. The family farm was picturesque and not very busy. Aunt Peggy and I paid for two bushels and went into the orchard. We picked granny smiths and red delicious apples, and we both insisted we were going to make apple pies as soon as we got home. Our bushels were full, and I was dreaming of warm, mouthwatering apple pie. Aunt Peggy turned away from the car towards the little souvenir shop, the signs advertising heirloom tomatoes and yellow watermelon. It was good to support a small, rural business, so I followed her into the store.
Aunt Peggy was putting a piece of fruit into her mouth when I entered. It was toasty in the store, friendly and warm on a fall day. I turned to check out the offerings, and the next thing I remember, I was staring at the ceiling. Several people came over and offered to help me up. A girl pointed out, “You slipped on that piece of fruit, right there…I think it’s still on your shoe.” I carefully sat up and moved my feet to stand. I removed a piece of red fruit from my shoe and stood up. My left foot didn’t look like anything was wrong, but it hurt to stand. I was supposed to be looking out for Aunt Peggy, and I’m the one that slipped and fell on the floor!
I was embarrassed, and I wanted to get out of there and go home. Nathan, the store owner, offered to call a doctor or ambulance. I assured him I was okay. He shoved his card into my hand and asked that I please contact them tomorrow if anything was wrong. The trip home was uneventful. We made it back safely, even if my foot was swollen. I assumed it was a sprained ankle, wrapped it, and kept it elevated once I got home.
The next morning, I couldn’t put any weight on my foot. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor, only to learn that I had broken two metatarsals. Was this considered a slip and fall accident? I found the Apple Orchard card and wondered if I should contact the property owners. The doctor explained that I wouldn’t be able to drive and shouldn’t even walk very much. I wasn’t sure how much my insurance would cover. I also needed to purchase a special boot to wear for the next six weeks. The only thing I do know is that I wouldn’t be in this situation if I hadn’t slipped on that piece of fruit.
Suffering an injury due to a slip and fall can be incredibly stressful. If you can prove that someone else’s negligence is the cause of your injury, you may have a case. The question is, “were you personally injured” due to the property owner’s negligence? Every property owner is responsible for providing a safe environment. Customers should feel safe. Owners are negligent if they fail to provide a safe space. A safe place is their duty to all customers entering their establishment.
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