Supermarket Slip and Fall
No one thinks that a trip to the supermarket is dangerous. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured every year in markets and stores that aren’t properly maintained. Whether they slipped and fell or were hit by falling objects, these victims suffer injuries that could have been prevented. If you or a loved one was injured while in a Folsom supermarket, it’s important to understand the basics of premises liability cases and what you can do moving forward.
Understanding the Basics of Slip-and-Fall Claims
According to state and federal laws, supermarkets and other business establishments have a duty to make sure that their premises are safe for employees and customers. Most business owners and managers do their best to keep their stores safe. However, there are a handful of careless business leaders who neglect the safety of others. This kind of negligence can lead to serious injuries.
It’s important for slip-and-fall accident victims to know that they’re not alone. If a business failed to fulfill its legal duty to keep its premises safe, you may have a claim to recover compensation for your pain and suffering. To do so, you’ll file in court and either negotiate a settlement or ask a judge or jury to hear your case. The legal maze in California can be overwhelming for accident victims. It’s best to work with an experienced personal injury attorney unless you have a very straightforward case.
What Causes Supermarket Accidents?
The majority of Folsom residents go into supermarkets on a regular basis, and no doubt most have seen hazardous conditions that could cause an accident. In many situations, market owners or their employees promptly address the hazard. In other situations, managers and employees fail to address dangerous conditions and accidents happen.
A variety of factors can cause injuries in supermarkets and other retail establishments. The most common include:
- Slippery floors in produce, refrigerator and freezer areas.
- Broken grocery carts that can cause cuts.
- Poorly placed, missing or bunched up exit and entry mats.
- Boxes and pallets that obstruct aisles.
- Items that fall from shelves.
- Faulty doors.
- Expired products or improperly handled foods that can cause food poisoning.
- Cracked or poorly maintained outside walkways.
Determining Fault in Premises Liability Cases
In order to win compensation after a supermarket accident, the injured party must prove that there is a valid premises liability claim. There must be good evidence to show that the business, its managers or employees neglected to fulfill their duty to keep shoppers safe. To show that someone is at fault for an accident, the injured party must prove one of three things:
- The market or one of its employees caused hazardous conditions.
- The supermarket or one of its employees knew about a hazard but failed to address it.
- The supermarket should have found the hazard and corrected it before someone was injured.
The days following a slip-and-fall accident can be difficult. It’s important to report your injury to the store as soon as possible and to seek medical care. If you’d like to pursue compensation, you should also consider talking to an experienced, compassionate attorney.