You were making your weekly stock-up trip to your regular supermarket when you slipped on spilled liquid and fell, seriously injuring your back. You think the store should have to pay your medical bills, but you don’t know how to go about holding them accountable. Your first step should be to get medical help, and then you should call an experienced premises liability attorney.
Causes of Grocery Store Accidents
Supermarkets are busy places. Employees are constantly stocking shelves, cleaning crews are mopping the floors throughout the day, and other shoppers are filling their carts and rushing around the store. All of this activity can contribute to a variety of slip and fall hazards, including the following:
- Wet floors caused by spraying produce
- Liquids spilled when customers drop products
- Slippery floors caused by cleaning crews
- Water and slush brought in by customers in entryways
- Boxes, ladders, and packaging left in aisles after restocking
- Wet floors in restrooms
- Parking lots in disrepair or with poor lighting
While you do have some responsibility to be alert and careful as you move about a grocery store, you are not responsible for hidden hazards and dangerous conditions. If you trip or slip and fall on a hard supermarket floor, you could sustain an injury such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken wrist or and arm
- Broken pelvis or hip bones
- Disc or ligament rupture in your back
- Muscle strain or sprain
- Joint injury
- Cuts and lacerations
When one of these injuries requires medical treatment, your bills could pile up quickly. Considering that you were a victim of grocery store negligence, you should not have to pay these bills.
What to Do After a Supermarket Injury
In order to hold a store liable for injuries caused by a fall, you will need to prove that the store owner or manager knew or should have known about the hazard that caused your fall and failed to remove it or warn customers about the danger. It is important that you report your injury at the store’s customer service desk and then seek medical attention right away. Your next step should be to call a personal injury lawyer who accepts premises liability cases.
Browning Law Firm Is Here for You
Supermarket slips and falls are not easy cases to win. When you contact our legal team, we will review your case and let you know if we think you have a strong claim. We do not want to waste your time or money pursuing an injury claim that is unlikely to be successful. If you are injured in a grocery store in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre, Crestview, or Niceville, contact us today, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.