Common Reasons for Slip and Fall Accidents at the Grocery Store
Going to the grocery store is a chore most of us do every few days, and usually it's without incident. However, it can only take one slip and fall accident on a hard store floor to cause a person to suffer serious injuries such as a spinal injury or traumatic brain injury.
If this happens, how might someone hold the business or owner of the supermarket responsible for injury compensation?
What Are Common Causes of Grocery Store Slip and Fall Accidents?
Grocery store owners and their employees are required to properly maintain facilities, remove any potential hazards blocking aisles, and clean up spills and debris quickly. In addition, they must put up warning signs to alert customers of potential dangers. When store personnel fail to follow through on these actions and an accident occurs, they may be considered negligent.
Common causes of preventable slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors. Supermarket floors can become slippery when they are cleaned or when customers and employees track in water and snow. In addition, if refrigeration or freezer cases leak, this may result in puddles of standing water that a customer could slip on.
- Liquid spills. Produce misted with water and meat leaking liquids can cause water spills on the floor. Many liquid products sold in the supermarket can be knocked over or punctured. When owners don't have procedures in place for prompt cleanup of these messes, customers may be victims of slip and fall accidents.
- Dry goods spills. It's not just spilled liquids that cause fall hazards. Rice, flour, sugar, and other dry products may create a problem if they're not promptly cleaned up.
- Debris. Aisles in a supermarket become treacherous when staff and other vendors have boxes strewn around while restocking goods or trash is left on the floor. As people try to maneuver through crowded aisles, they may bump items with their carts or back into pallets.
- Poor maintenance. Supermarkets are high traffic areas, which means that flooring, plumbing, and other fixtures can wear down more quickly. Without prompt and proper maintenance to repair inadequate surfaces, poor lighting, and leaks, guests face numerous hazards.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury at a grocery store due to any of the above circumstances but didn't think there were options for compensation, you need the help of an experienced premises liability attorney. He may be able to prove the property owner's negligence. To schedule your free consultation with Mr. Morton, call our office or fill out our online form.