Grocery store slip and fall accidents can cause serious neck, back and other injuries
A slip and fall is a serious matter. Common injuries include head, neck and back injuries, fractures in the ankle, wrist, or hip, and facial lacerations, not to mention lasting and painful sprains and strains. A grocery store is one of the locations where a serious slip and fall accident is most likely to occur. Although a slip and fall in a grocery store may be embarrassing, it is important to report the incident to management at the store, talk to anybody who witnessed the accident, and see a doctor if you experience any pain, discomfort or unusual symptoms, such as dizziness or blurred vision. If you believe you were hurt in the fall, talk to the attorneys at the Slechter Law Firm in Louisville. Our premises liability lawyers help victims of grocery store slip and fall accidents throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee recover compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other legal damages caused by negligent store owners, managers and employees.
Grocery stores are responsible to their customers to provide a reasonably safe environment
Grocery store owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This duty extends from the parking lot to the sidewalk and entryway and throughout all areas of the inside of the store open to public access. Keeping the premises reasonably safe includes cleaning up spills and removing obstructions to prevent a slip and fall or trip and fall, making sure objects are properly stacked on shelves to keep them out of the aisles and prevent them from falling and striking customers, and also making sure all areas are properly lit and guarded to deter or prevent assaults on customers.
Common hazards to watch out for in grocery stores include:
- Spills of food or liquids
- Puddles from condensation or leaks in refrigerated and frozen food aisles
- Slippery floors from excess moisture in the produce department
- Improperly stocked items falling from shelves
- Products in the aisles
- Negligently placed displays
- Boxes and pallets in the aisles due to stocking during store hours
- Floor mats that are bunched up, improperly positioned, or missing
- Automatic door malfunctions
- Cracked or broken sidewalk or parking lot surfaces
- Poor lighting
- Damaged or defective carts
Grocery store slip and fall cases frequently involve complex litigation
A grocery store violates its duty to an injured customer when it has actual or constructive notice of a foreseeable harm to customers but fails to correct the condition or put up a warning in a reasonable time before the accident occurs. Determining whether store employees actually knew about the danger or should have known about it, and how long it existed, can be difficult to determine. Sometimes it is necessary to bring in industry experts to review records, video, etc. and determine whether store aisles were routinely inspected according to industry standards. Also, store owners and their insurance company lawyers may try to argue that the customer was at fault for not paying enough attention to where he or she was going. The premises liability attorneys at the Slechter Law Firm excel in complex litigation involving complicated factual situations or difficult legal questions. We fight to make sure you are treated fairly, and that responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence.
Take steps after a Louisville grocery store slip and fall to protect your potential claim for compensation
If you slipped and fell in a Louisville grocery store, be sure and notify the store manager. Show management the location of the accident, and make sure that an incident report gets written up. Even though you may be embarrassed by the incident, don’t fail to report it, and don’t decline any offers of assistance, including an ambulance or ride to the hospital, if you feel it is needed. Other steps you can take to protect your possible claim include taking photos of the hazardous site, talking to witnesses, and noting any surveillance cameras that may have caught the incident. Follow up with your doctor if you experience any pain or other symptoms in the coming days, and keep all of your medical receipts related to the accident. You should also keep a log of time you missed from work, as well as a diary of the symptoms you experience and how your life is affected by the injury.
As soon as you think that you may need to file a claim for compensation, contact the Slechter Law Firm at 502-384-7400 in Louisville, or toll free throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee at 855-598-7425. Your consultation is free, and we do not charge any fee unless and until we recover for you (COURT COSTS AND CASE EXPENSES WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT if we win or settle your case).