Grocery store injuries are common, and some are very serious. Slip and fall is the most common type of grocery store accident, but there are many other types of hazards from falling merchandise and tipping vending machines to assaults and even injuries caused by automatic doors. Some grocery store accidents are unpreventable, but many are the responsibility of the business or property owner, under premises liability. There are many elements you must prove in a premises liability case and you’ll nee the help of an experienced California premises liability attorney to win.
Grocery Store Hazards and Injuries
Examples of the hazards shoppers encounter include:
- Wet floors from spills or cleaning
- Damaged flooring
- Tripping hazards including merchandise in aisles
- Falling objects, including falling merchandise
- Tipping displays and vending machines
- Defective or malfunctioning shopping carts
- Injuries from broken merchandise, such as severe cuts from broken glass left behind after a bottle or jar is broken
- Burns from food sample demonstration equipment
- Injuries from malfunctioning automatic doors
- Food poisoning
- Criminal attacks due to negligent security
Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall in Grocery Stores
It comes as no surprise that a large portion of grocery store injuries are slip and fall or trip and fall. Although slip and fall is common, it is not easy to prove liability. Businesses have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment, including timely cleaning of spills and removal of tripping hazards, but are not held liable for hazards they could not have known about in time to prevent your injury. For instance, if the shopper in front of you drops and item creating a spill and you immediately slip in the liquid, the store would not have had enough time to remedy the hazard. On the other hand, floors that are wet from cleaning and not marked off or blocked off are obviously a known hazard.
Tripping hazards are often known hazards. These can include damaged flooring, merchandise sitting in the aisle waiting to be stocked, and even dangerous merchandise displays.
Have you been injured in a grocery store? Call Sheridan & Rund, PC, at 855-295-6112 or email us today to schedule your free consultation.