Slip and Fall Accidents in Grocery Stores

Oct. 6th, 2014   /   , ,

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Depending on your mood, a trip to the grocery store can be enjoyable or it can be a nuisance. Or, regardless of mood, it can be a harmful, life-altering experience resulting from a “slip and fall” accident, the likes of which are all too common in grocery stores all over the country.

First of all, why the focus on grocery stores? Grocery stores see a disproportionately high number of slip and fall accidents due to their business; the shelves that line their aisles are necessarily filled with goods that can make their floors very slippery; from beverages to condiments to produce to seafood and many other products; these, and the ice and water used to keep them cool and fresh, can cause somebody to slip and fall.

Slippery floors are no small problem; according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slippery floors contribute to roughly 2 million slip and fall incidents each year. (The material from which typical grocery store floors are made makes them inherently slippery; adding water or other foreign substances to the floors makes them a serious hazard.)

To be sure, as our personal injury lawyers know, the fact that you happen to slip in a grocery store does not automatically pin the liability on the store. Say, for instance, you trip over your untied shoelace, the grocery store would almost certainly not be liable for that slip and fall incident, unless, say, you fell and hit your head on an ice bucket that should have been in the back of the store at the time.

However, when your slip (and subsequent fall) is the proximate result of a slippery floor, and it can be proven that the grocery store had the responsibility to maintain a shopping atmosphere free from this type of harmful obstruction, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the grocery store for any injuries and other losses you might have sustained as a result of the accident

The damages that can be recovered in a slip and fall accident suit are not necessarily limited to monetary damages that can be tied to medical bills you might have incurred as a result of the incident. This is the case because, as anyone who has suffered a significant injury knows, far you “pay” far more to deal with your injury that the number shown on a medical bill.

When you’ve sustained a serious injury, even going to work, picking up your child from school, or enjoying your favorite activities, etc., are all made incredibly difficult if not outright impossible. Since you wouldn’t have had the loss of income, loss of mobility and loss of enjoyment of life were it not for the injuries caused by an avoidable slippery floor at the grocery store, the grocery store owner(s) can be on the hook for damages related to all of these losses.

Our South Florida personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green have decades of experience in handling slip and fall cases. If you have been injured in a manner described herein, or if you’d like to discuss any other personal injury issue, please contact us for a consultation (at no cost or obligation) by calling 561-266-9191 or by e-mailing daronberg@aronberglaw.com. We look forward to assisting you.

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