All property owners, regardless of whether they own a grocery store or a government building, are required to protect their guests from being injured on their property. Basic requirements include but are not limited to providing adequate security, proper lighting, and regular maintenance.
This responsibility, or duty of care, doesn’t mean that a property owner is responsible for every injury risk imaginable. A property owner’s duty of care applies primarily to dangers that are reasonably foreseeable. For example, if a grocery store employee leaves a stack of boxes in the middle of an aisle and someone trips over it, that’s clearly foreseeable.
If a property owner violates their duty of care, any resulting breach may legally constitute as negligence. Wet floors, missing floor mats, and other risk factors all count as examples of a grocery store’s negligence.
To put it in simple terms: negligence equals liability. If a property owner is found guilty of negligence, that means you, as the victim, are entitled to damages for your losses