Slip and fall accidents in supermarkets are very common. There are many hazards particular to grocery stores. Slip and falls can occur in the following locations:
- Produce aisle
- Frozen food section
- Beverage department
- Check out
- Refrigerated food section
- Meat/Seafood department
- Dry goods aisle
Each of these locations provides a different challenge for a personal injury lawyer to make a recovery for a slip and fall. What few people realize about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket is that the store is not automatically responsible for your injuries. In order to make a legal recovery, you must prove that the store was negligent, or at fault, for causing your injury.
How to hold grocery stores responsible for your injuries
There are two primary ways to prove a store is negligent for causing a slip and fall. First, you can prove that the store created the condition which caused you to fall. If a store employee causes a condition which causes you to slip and fall and sustain injuries, the store will be legally liable to you. Some examples of cases which McCready , Garcia & Leet have handled where employees of the store were responsible for the condition which caused our client to slip are as follows:
- Failure to place wet floor signs
- Leaking refrigerators
- Spilling produce while re-stocking
- Negligently stacking groceries on the shelves
The second way to prove a store is negligent is more difficult. You must prove that the store should have known of the dangerous condition and did not fix it. As stated earlier, a store is not automatically responsible if you slip and fall. For example, if a customer is pushing the cart and spills something and you come along ten seconds later and fall, the store is not responsible for that. The store cannot follow every customer and clean up after them. However, if someone spills something from their cart and the store allows it to remain on the floor for a period of time without discovering it or cleaning it up, the store can be held legally liable. This is called notice. If the slippery substance which caused you to fall was on the floor for a long enough period of time that the grocery store should have discovered it and cleaned it up, they can be held legally responsible. Here are several ways McCready , Garcia & Leet have proven that a supermarket was responsible for our clients' injuries because they should have known of the slippery condition and failed to clean it up:
- Footprints through the substance
- Shopping cart tracks through the substance
- Dried edges
What you should do if you are hurt at a grocery store or supermarket
As you can see, slip and fall accidents are not easy to prove. For this reason, you should never give a statement to the insurance company when you slip and fall. The insurance adjuster will ask you questions in such a way that it will hurt your chances of making a recovery for your injuries. You may not realize the questions will hurt your case, but the insurance adjuster for the store is only interested in saving money, not paying your claim.
When you hire McCready , Garcia & Leet to represent you for your slip and fall accident, we handle all communication with the insurance company and make sure your interests are protected. Our job is to prove your legal case and make sure you receive [compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering]. Contact us to discuss how we can help prove your case or if you have any questions about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket.
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McCready , Garcia & Leet has the experience to handle Slip & Fall accident cases