While no one expects to sustain an injury while doing their weekly grocery shopping, it unfortunately happens. The most common injury in grocery stores is slip and fall accidents. These types of accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, such as stray produce and other products that have fallen of shelfs, a wet floor, or unattended ladders or hand trucks.
Grocery stores can be held liable for customer injuries that are sustained while they are on the grocery store’s premises. Speak to an attorney from Silva Injury Law if you were injured in a grocery store.
WHAT DUTY OF CARE DOES A GROCERY STORE HAVE?
Owners and operators of grocery stores have a duty to their customers to keep them safe from danger while in the grocery store. This responsibility, referred to as the duty of care, requires grocery stores to take reasonable steps to make sure that customers are safe.
Examples of responsibilities of grocery stores include:
- Ensuring aisles are clear of spills and broken glass;
- Security staff is maintained to prevent violent individuals from harming others;
- Warning customers of potential slipping danger by setting up warning signs, such as wet floor signs.
The grocery store is also required to properly train grocery store staff on how to keep the store safe and clean, allowing them to fulfil their duty and prevent customers from sustaining injuries.
If a grocery store fails to take reasonable steps, such as placing a warning sign and cleaning up hazards, they may be liable to injured customers for failing to operate under a reasonable duty of care.
CAN YOU SUE THE GROCERY STORE FOR YOUR INJURIES?
If you were injured while shopping in a grocery store, you may have the right to compensation.
In order to pursue compensation, it will be necessary to prove that the store failed to abide by its standard of care.
To prove negligence, it is necessary to show that the grocery store owner contributed to a dangerous condition in the store, or that the store was aware of the unsafe condition in the store but did not take the reasonable steps to fix the condition.
Factors that help show a grocery store has been negligent include:
- The dangerous condition existed for an extended period of time before it was resolved;
- The same dangerous condition caused another customer to be injured in a prior accident;
- The store employees were aware of the dangerous condition but did not repair it or exercise the required duty of care.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE INJURED IN A GROCERY STORE
You should always seek the medical treatment you need following an accident. Taking clear and detailed photographs of your damages can be helpful in proving your case. Finally, keep documentation of all financial costs associated with your injuries and damages.
If you were injured while in a grocery store, reach out to an attorney. An attorney will best be able to represent you in proving the store’s negligence and contribution to the accident. This will ensure you receive the proper compensation for your damages.
Speak with a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Silva Injury Law, who can assess your case, answer any questions you have, and represent your interests in court, ultimately ensuring that you receive the restitution that you deserve.