Slip and Fall at the Grocery Store: Who’s Responsible for My Injuries?
Grocery stores are legally obligated to ensure the safety of shoppers. However, if you slip and fall in the grocery store, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the store is liable. You have to prove that the grocery store was negligent and that this negligence led to your injury.
Safety Laws for Public Property
A grocery store is a property that is accessible to the public, which means the store has to take reasonable action to ensure the property doesn’t include hazards that may injure shoppers. According to the law, “reasonable” is defined as what the average grocery store would do in a similar situation. This is why it may be challenging for you to prove negligence. This task can be difficult for attorneys and judges as well, but it’s best to work with a lawyer in a slip and fall case to increase your chances of getting a fair settlement.
The grocery store can not guarantee your safety. While the store should take reasonable steps to prevent a slip and fall, a grocery store can not completely prevent injury to shoppers. For instance, if another shopper dropped some berries on the floor and you slipped on the berries a minute or two later, the grocery store is likely not responsible since a store attendant couldn’t have had time to clean up the mess before your injury.
What Is the Grocery Store Responsible For?
A grocery store is responsible for ensuring the floors don’t contain substances that could cause a slip and fall. The store should also maintain general safety standards for the store so customers feel safe while shopping. This means store employees have to remove fallen signs, fallen food or liquid, or anything that keeps a shopper from safely walking down the aisle.
If there is a dangerous condition in the grocery store, such as a wet floor or construction in part of the store, the store is obligated to post signage to let you know about the hazard so you can avoid it. If a store fails to keep the property safe or warn you of danger, the grocery store is liable for your injuries.
To receive a settlement, you have to prove the grocery store’s negligence. This means you have to verify that:
- The grocery store owner was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition
- The owner did not remedy the unsafe condition and/or didn’t warn shoppers about it
- No signs or warning of the hazard were in place
These factors prove that you were hurt because of the owner’s negligence and will strengthen your case.
What Is Your Responsibility?
If you are aware of a potentially dangerous condition in the grocery store and you disregard the warning, or if you can clearly see that there is a hazard and you go toward it, you could be liable for your own injury. According to the law, if there is a liquid spill that is large enough for several shoppers to see and walk in the direction of the spill, you are responsible if you fall, even if there was no signage. If there is a “wet floor” sign and you ignore it, you are liable.
If you were recently a victim of another’s negligence or ill intent
you might have a personal injury case. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to go over the details of your grocery store slip and fall. The attorney will review the details of the situation to let you know who is liable and help you go after the proper entities so you can get the settlement you’re entitled to for your injuries.