Slip and fall accidents are very common, even at well-maintained supermarkets and grocery stores. Supermarkets are monitored by their insurance companies to ensure the property, including the parking lot, is safe to use. However, many shoppers still get injured in supermarket accidents. But how do you know if you have a lawsuit?
Supermarket accidents can happen for many reasons. From lacerations, slippery floors and aisle obstructions to faulty exits, shoppers are exposed to many dangers. Hazards such as wet spots or debris can present a danger to customers and cause a slip and fall accident. Sometimes there are uneven surfaces and other conditions in the parking lot area as well that may cause severe injuries. When the staff is not properly trained to maintain the premises, a negligence can also occur causing injuries to shoppers.
It all depends on the nature of your claim. That is basically the circumstances leading to the accident and injuries sustained besides other factors. Victims generally sue the store owner. However, sometimes the store owner leases the property. In such cases, the property owner may not be liable unless the accident was caused by something they did.
In order to win these types of cases, some important questions must be answered first such as:
The most important aspect to prove is whether the defendant knew about the issue and took the necessary precautions to prevent it. The longer they knew about it, the more responsible they are for the accident. However, if the accident was the shopper’s fault such as when a customer drops a banana peel and slips right after, then the supermarket owner is not liable because he or she didn’t know about what happened or had sufficient time to find out about the slippery condition.
Although slippery conditions are often difficult to avoid, there are times when the supermarket owner knows about some conditions that may cause an accident. For example, waxing the floor makes it slippery therefore the store owner should put up a sign warning shoppers about it. Failure to warn the clients can be used in court as evidence of negligence.