One of the most common locations for slip and fall accidents is, surprisingly enough, in supermarkets. We generally think of going grocery shopping as a mundane task and really just hope we remembered to get everything on our lists before we’re waiting to check out. Though this is usually the biggest problem in the grocery store, there are some instances where store employees fail to ensure the safety of the store. This negligence can result in a very serious accident that can cause significant injury to a consumer and ultimately change their life. The purpose of this post is not to make anyone afraid to go to the grocery store. However, in the event that an individual is injured at one of Connecticut’s many grocery stores, this post can help victims understand the legalities of their incident and how they should proceed.
Some of the common types of accidents that take place in supermarkets involve the following:
- Slip and falls on spilled liquids
- Trip and falls on displays or items that have fallen
- Loose produce
- Unstable displays
- Falling products
When an individual becomes injured in a grocery store and wants to bring legal action, they will be responsible for fulfilling the burden of proof. This simply means that they will have to prove that the store was negligent in maintaining a safe property for shoppers. At the time of the accident, it is important that the injured party informs store management of their injury and takes pictures or video, if possible, of the dangerous conditions. It is also important to obtain witness contact information if it is available. This can be vital in proving that the grocery store was negligent and ultimately caused the victim to become injured.
If legal action is successful, the injured party may be able to collect compensation for both the financial and non-financial burdens that they have faced as a result of the accident. This can include the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, loss of current and future wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact our firm today.
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