How to Show Publix’s Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall
To prove that Publix, or any other store or supermarket, was at fault, you will need to show that the management knew about whatever it was that you slipped over on, yet responded too slowly or not at all. You cannot reasonably accuse the store of negligence if the hazard only appeared just before you stepped on it.
To take an example, all large stores, like Publix, will have cleaners who regularly sweep, vacuum and / or clean the floor surfaces with water or some kind of cleaning fluid. There would be an expectation that any wet or slippery floors that have just been cleaned would be marked by warning signs to alert customers to a potential hazard. If this doesn’t happen, then you may be justified in saying that this is the fault of the store managers.
Evidence to Show a Slip and Fall was a Big Box Store’s Fault
There are three main forms of evidence that can be used to support a claim for compensation.
- Eyewitnesses are probably the best form of evidence. There are likely to be several people who saw what happened. The best eye witnesses are those who actually noticed that the hazard, whatever it was, existed some time before your accident as it supports your claim that the store had not attended to it.
- Photos of the actual hazard are always useful. They can be taken with most ordinary cell phones. Take a few photos showing what you slipped over on, the surroundings to show that there were no warnings around and your injuries.
- Video footage from security cameras might have filmed the accident. Footage could be retrieved with the help of a PI lawyer. The camera may have also caught the hazard occurring some time before which would show how long it had been there before your accident.
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Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Publix, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.