The most common accidents are slip and fall accidents on wet or slippery floors. These can cause surprisingly nasty injuries. If this has happened to you and you think that the store management should be held responsible because the accident should never have happened, then you should consider claiming compensation.
A successful personal injury claim can help to pay for unexpected medical treatment and replace lost earnings because of an injury that was not your fault. It is advisable to seek advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer before you submit a claim to ensure you have the right documentation to include with your claim.
How a Slip and Fall Accident Could Occur
Most supermarkets have smooth, easy to clean floors. Because there are always the occasional spillages and leaks occurring, the management would be expected to have a routine check to make sure there are no hazards for customers and keep the surface clean and dry.
Unfortunately, not every supermarket management team is as careful and conscientious as it should be. When messy, slippery floors are left for too long, it is not surprising that someone could slip and fall over.
Apart from spills and leaks from products that have fallen on to the ground surface, slips and falls regularly occur when a routine cleaned surface is left too wet. Normally, a slippery, clean floor is marked by the familiar yellow caution signs, but if these are not used, customers could easily not notice just how slippery a floor was and slip over.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
All supermarkets are legally responsible for customer safety. They have premises liability insurance in case someone has an accident and injures themselves while shopping. If you have had a nasty injury because of a slip and fall accident while shopping in a store, you will need proof that the accident could have been avoided.
Evidence could be in the form of other customers providing statements confirming that they saw a messy, wet surface left for too long. If you can take photos of the floor surface, and your injuries, then this could be useful evidence for a claim.
Don’t forget that each state imposes limit on when you can submit a claim by, usually two or three years from the date of the injury. The sooner you start the claim procedure, the easier it will be to find what you need to submit with your claim.
It’s Advisable to Use a Personal Injury Lawyer
There is little advantage in trying to negotiate a claim for compensation all by yourself. Most PI lawyers will listen to your account of an accident and give you a free opinion about whether you have good grounds for compensation. Legal fees are typically only charged if a payment is forthcoming on behalf of the accident victim. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation 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 Publix, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.