If you fall and sustain an injury in a grocery store, you may be able to bring a legal claim against the business. Whether it is a grocery chain or a local retailer, any company that welcomes you onto its property has an obligation to make sure it is safe and free of hazards.
So how do slip, trip and fall injuries happen in grocery stores? What should you do if this happens to you? Read below for some tips on this topic.
1. Slippery surfaces
Grocery stores and supermarkets are prone to multiple slippery hazards, including spills, freshly mopped floors and rain tracked inside entryways. According to the National Safety Council, grocery stores should use rubber mats to prevent slips and falls. There should be rubber mats in entryways, hallways and passageways.
2. Uneven or obstructed surfaces
A store may also have various uneven walking areas caused by:
- A floor mat with the corners rolled up
- Trailing cables
Store managers have the duty to ensure walkways are free of potential hazards that could cause you to trip and get hurt.
3. Poor lighting
If a certain aisle or area of a store is not properly lit, you could sustain an injury due to slipping or tripping over something you were not able to see. Poor visibility can result in a severe injury on store premises.
These are simply a few examples of what may cause you to slip, trip and fall while shopping at a grocery store. Truthfully, the possibilities are endless. If something like this happens to you, you will need to prove that the store manager had, or should have had, notice of the hazardous condition and did not resolve it. If you are able to show that the store was negligent and you sustained an injury because of inaction, you may be able to get compensation for your damages.