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You May Need an Attorney and Not Even Know It

Protect Yourself After A Slip And Fall At The Grocery Store

by Barry Butler

When a person visits the grocery store, they do so with one goal in mind — to purchase food. What they do not expect is to slip and fall and leave the store with an injury. However, for a number of people, the latter scenario is the exact situation they find themselves in. If you happen to be a part of this group, here is some information you want to keep in mind.

Responsibility Is Widespread

When a grocery store opens its door for business, they do so with the assumption that they will provide a safe environment for their patrons to shop. For this reason, any safety concerns within the building often fall on the shoulders of the store. For example, if an employee drops an item on the floor and someone trips, the store would ultimately be to blame for any injuries. 

At the same time, if a shopper spilled a liquid item on the floor, notified an employee, the employee did not clean up the mess, and someone fell, the store would still be responsible even though they did not originally create the hazard. 

Documentation Is Still Important

It is worth noting that although it is sometimes a smoother process in placing responsibility for these types of incidents, it is still important that you have documentation. The reason this step is so important is that although it may be easier to prove who is to blame for the incident, it is still your responsibility to prove your injuries before your claim can be finalized.

For this reason, you will still need to produce documents like medical records and documentation for missed wages to prove that the value of the claim you are seeking is justified. 

Your Actions Matter

When a person has been injured and is suffering, it is hard for a person to embrace the idea that they may be, at least in part, responsible for the incident. However, fault can sometimes be placed on the injured.

For example, if the store has blocked off a wet or damaged area of the floor and an individual ignores the signage, walks into the area, and falls, the store may not be to blame, as it is the shopper who ignored the safety hazard. Just keep in mind that your actions will be analyzed. 

If you slipped and fell and injured yourself while shopping in a grocery store, make sure you speak with a law firm, such as Siben & Siben LLP, as soon as possible to make sure you are covered from every angle.