Slip and Fall: The Grocery Store
Does it surprise you to learn that thousands of people are injured in supermarket falls each year? It shouldn’t. With all of the liquids lining grocery shelves, no wonder slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence.
These accidents are frequently caused by spilled water or other liquids and substances that are left uncleaned in the aisles of grocery stores. It is possible for people who get injured on store premises to have a valid case against the store. However, this process is not always smooth. So what happens after you get injured in a slip and fall in a grocery store? What do you do next?
Follow these 7 steps immediately after your accident:
- Seek medical attention
- Request to see a store supervisor
- File an incident report
- Document evidence through notes and photographs
- Request copies of surveillance camera footage
- Collect contact information from witnesses
- Contact a slip and fall lawyer
Duty of Care
Supermarkets have a legal obligation to make sure their premises are free from harm that could be prevented (i.e., “foreseeable harm”). For example, being aware of common hazards and fixing them before they cause someone harm.
If an employee ignores a broken jar in an aisle and you slip, causing injury, you may have a premises liability case. However, if the jar was just dropped and the employees had no notice of it or no chance to clean it up, you may not have a claim against the supermarket. In other words, you have to prove that the grocery store was negligent in order to get any compensation for your injuries.
What Should I Do if I Slip and Fall in a Grocery Store?
We strive to maximize recovery for our clients, and to help them get their lives back on track. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate slip-and-fall accidents and present each case thoughtfully and effectively. If you or a loved one has suffered harm on another party’s property, we encourage you to contact our team of attorneys at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. today.