All of us visit the local grocery store several times a month. Whether we’re there to pick up groceries for the week or just to grab a quick snack, none of us ever expect to get hurt while shopping. Countless people are injured in grocery store accidents, and the vast majority of grocery store incidents are caused by slip and falls. However, there are many other types of grocery store accidents besides slip and falls.
All grocery stores — from the mom and pop on the corner to the biggest chain retailers — are required by law to observe a duty of care to their customers. Safety is owed to every customer from the moment they enter the premises. If a customer trips over something, slips on the floor, or is injured in any way while on grocery store property, he or she may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
If you or a loved one suffered an accident at a grocery store, our team of expert Los Angeles premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help. We have decades worth of experience handling premises liability cases and are confident that we will get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
All property owners, regardless of whether they own a grocery store or a government building, are required to protect their guests from being injured on their property. Basic requirements include but are not limited to providing adequate security, proper lighting, and regular maintenance.
This responsibility, or duty of care, doesn’t mean that a property owner is responsible for every injury risk imaginable. A property owner’s duty of care applies primarily to dangers that are reasonably foreseeable. For example, if a grocery store employee leaves a stack of boxes in the middle of an aisle and someone trips over it, that’s clearly foreseeable.
If a property owner violates their duty of care, any resulting breach may legally constitute as negligence. Wet floors, missing floor mats, and other risk factors all count as examples of a grocery store’s negligence.
To put it in simple terms: negligence equals liability. If a property owner is found guilty of negligence, that means you, as the victim, are entitled to damages for your losses.
Common Types of Grocery Store Accidents
The most common type of grocery store accident is a slip and fall caused by a wet floor. If spills are not immediately mopped up, it’s very likely that an accident will occur. Slip and falls usually happen because there are no signs to warn shoppers about a potential hazard. The elderly are especially vulnerable to being severely injured because of a slip and fall. Fractured hips are common among older shoppers and can permanently disable a person, depending on the severity of the fall.
Falling objects are another common reason for an accident at a grocery store. A shopper may reach up for a can of soup on a high shelf and have other items fall on his or her head. In the worst cases, the whole shelf may fall on the person’s head, causing severe injuries or death.
Accidents aren’t limited to the store either. Some grocery store accidents happen in the parking lot. For example, a shopper may be injured by a shopping cart, or even another person. It’s not uncommon for a victim to be assaulted by another shopper in a grocery store parking lot, or even struck by his or her car.
No one expects to be injured in a grocery store, but knowing what to do in the event of an accident is crucial to building a strong claim.
Do not undermine yourself, or your injuries, by doing or saying the wrong thing after a grocery store accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in a grocery store accident, our team of expert premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for the losses you have suffered, which includes medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.