Convenience stores like QuikTrip are meant to be convenient. You don’t expect to have an accident when you pop in for some groceries or takeouts. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident it can prove to be very inconvenient, as well as expensive.
You may be able to claim compensation from the convenience store if you can prove that the accident you had was the fault of the store. To do that you must show that the standard of care the management took was not enough to provide a safe shopping environment for customers. The store’s insurer will dispute that their client was at fault unless you have proof of their negligence.
How to Show Connivence Store Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall
Most slip and fall injuries occur in convenience stores, such as QuikTrip, because there were slippery conditions somewhere on the store floor that hadn’t been attended to by employees. The store management would be considered negligent if you can show that:
- The potential hazard had been known about but no employee had been instructed to attend to it;
- Normal warning notices that might alert customers to wet or slippery conditions were not put in place;
- Procedures or maintenance in the store were inadequate and this was what had led to the floor surface becoming slippery. An example might be failing to fix a leaking tap or under floor pipe.
Evidence to Show a Slip and Fall was a Convenience Store’s Fault
The most useful evidence will probably be provided by someone else, preferably more than one eye witness, who actually saw the accident and can confirm what caused it.
Even better if an eye witness can confirm that the hazard, whatever it was, had been there well before the accident and nothing had been done to prevent it or attend to it.
Other useful evidence could be photos that you could take with an ordinary cell phone showing the floor surface and whatever it was that had caused you to slip. You should take several shots from different angles and your own injuries if they are visible.
Video-footage recorded by a nearby security camera would be doubly useful. It may have filmed the wet floor or mess on the floor being created as well as your accident. The video footage would be the property of the store or security firm, but a PI lawyer could help obtain the relevant recording through issuing a subpoena.
Get Help Proving Fault
Attempting to obtain compensation from a convenience store chain like QuikTrip can be challenging. You are may want to use our Free Case Evaluation form to find a PI lawyer that takes cases in your area who can help you with a claim against the store for an accident that was their fault.
*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 QuikTrip, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.