You may be able to sue the grocery store for your injuries. It depends on the details of the situation. In general, property owners have a duty to make their property reasonably safe for visitors. If a property owner fails to do so and a visitor is hurt as a result, the property owner may be responsible for compensating the accident victim for injuries.
Therefore, if you are an amputee and you slip and fall in a wet substance that has been left on the floor for several hours, the property owner will probably be liable for your injuries. If you suffered more extensive injuries than most people would have because of the nature of your condition, the property owner is responsible for compensating your for those. This could include the costs of a damaged prosthetic, physical therapy, time off from work, and other expenses.
However, if the property would be considered safe for most visitors, but was dangerous to you because of your condition, the property owner would probably not be liable. For example, some amputees can only ambulate on extremely flat surfaces, and cannot navigate any slight incline or bump.
If you were walking inside a store that had a very, very slightly raised surface that would not be dangerous for most people, and you fall, the property owner is probably not liable. Property owners cannot be considered as insurers of the safety of their visitors. They only have a duty to make property safe for most visitors, and don’t have a duty to anticipate every possible hazard that any potential visitor with any medical condition may face.
If you are an amputee and have been injured in a fall on unsafe property, call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Attorney at 310-385-0567. You may or may not have a legal claim, and as a personal injury attorney, I can help talk you through the issues and options. I am also an amputee, and am excited about helping other amputees with their legal issues. Call today to learn more and to schedule your free consultation.