If you slip and fall while shopping for goods at Sam’s Club, or any other membership only retail store, you should be able to file a PI claim, but first of all you have to be able to prove that the retailer was at fault. The membership only retailer could have hazards that might lead to a slip and fall accident and serious injuries.
If you file a claim for a slip & fall at a membership only retailer you’ll need to prove the retailer was at fault. If a customer has dropped a bottle of olive oil which broke and spilled out its contents on the floor making the surface slippery the retailer is required to clean up and eliminate the hazard from the area as soon as it is able to do so that the store is safe for shoppers to do their shopping.
How to Show Retailer Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall
The simplest way to prove that the retailer was at fault for your slip and fall injury is to prove that the retailer’s manager or its workers knew some sort of product had been dropped on the floor by a customer causing a slip and fall hazard but nothing had been done about it.
As soon as a slip and fall hazard is known about by the retailer’s worker s/he should place a warning sign next to the hazard. Retailer owners have a duty to provide clean and safe conditions for their shoppers but cannot be held responsible if someone slips over just after a hazard like a bottle of olive oil has fallen off the shelf and on to the floor.
Proving that the retailer’s staff /manager knew about the hazard but didn’t make any effort to do anything about it before your slip and fall can be difficult, but not impossible.
The main way of proving the retailer is at-fault for the slip and fall accident is ensuring you have suitable evidence that shows clearly that the accident that took place was as a result of a hazard that the retailer’s workers should have known about.
Evidence To Show a Slip and Fall Was the Retailer’s Fault
There are three important types of evidence that could be used to prove that a slip and fall injury is the retailer’s fault, which are:
- taking photographs at the accident site showing the slip and fall hazard but with no warning sign ;
- asking eye witnesses, such as other shoppers who saw the slip and fall accident take place and are prepared to act as witnesses;
- getting access to the retailer’s security camera photos which will have a record of earlier events.
Get Help Proving Fault
Make sure you get a free case evaluation to get in touch with a PI lawyer who can help prove the retailer was at fault for your slip and fall injury.
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 Sam’s Club, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.