One of the most common things that can lead to an accident is when produce of one kind or another spills over or falls off a shelf and breaks and becomes a danger to any unsuspecting customer. Slip and fall accidents are particularly common near deli and meat and fish counters as the surfaces in these places are constantly cleaned.
If you do slip over because of a wet or slippery floor somewhere you have the right to claim compensation for any medical treatment, lost earnings and the pain and suffering experienced. You will find it better to discuss the accident and the possibility of filing a claim with a personal injury lawyer first.
How a Slip and Fall Accident Could Occur
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are the most common accidents that happen to a customer of a large store. Accidents shouldn’t happen if obstructions and slippery surfaces are attended to promptly.
If something has spilled onto the floor, like ice at a deli or a container of juice falling off a shelf, then it should be removed by a diligent employee as soon as it has been noticed. It is when these hazards are ignored for too long that accidents happen.
A claim for compensation cannot be made if someone slips over on a surface that has just been made wet, because it would not be reasonable to expect that the mess would be cleared up instantly. However, if there is an obvious hazard that management are aware of but ignore or take too long to respond to, then this could be construed as negligence.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury claims are made when a store is liable for an injury happening on its premises. The onus lies with the plaintiff to show that negligence has occurred and that this negligence has led to them having an accident and being injured.
Usually, there are many other customers in a Kroger or any supermarket. It is quite likely that one of them at least would have seen what happened and would be prepared to make a statement confirming your version of what caused your injury.
In addition to evidence like this you will need to have a doctor’s report and receipts and invoices for anything that you have had to pay out for relating to your injury. You should also be able to recover any lost earnings and a payment for the pain and suffering experienced.
It’s Advisable to Use a Personal Injury Lawyer
It is not worth trying to fight for compensation all by yourself. An experienced personal injury lawyer is much more likely to negotiate a satisfactory payment on your behalf. Complete the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get connected with an attorney that takes cases in your area today!
*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 Kroger, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.