If you, a friend, or family member is interested in more information concerning a supermarket injury case, contact Horowitz & Logue at (724) 288-9750 in order to talk to one of our experienced and dedicated injury lawyers.
Supermarkets are one of the most common places for a slip and fall accident to occur. Due to the nature of the products sold, the floors are often hard and unforgiving because they are easier to clean. Food is often dropped or spilled along with liquids sold requiring frequent clean ups making the already hard and smooth floors even more slippery and dangerous. Because of their liability in these accidents, supermarkets must also frequently clean their floors on a regular basis even without a spill, again resulting in a slick surface that makes slip and falls all the more likely. According to the NFSI (National Floor Safety Institute) in the United States, the grocery store industry spends $450 million annually to defend slip and fall claims. They also state that nearly 60% of all grocery store liability claims are slip and fall accidents. These statistics show the prevalence and danger that we rarely think of when visiting a supermarket.
While slip and falls are a major culprit in the gambit of supermarket accidents, there are other players involved. Some of these hazards are listed below:
- Uneven sidewalks
- Improperly anchored displays
- Broken pavement
- Untreated walkways and parking lots in winter
- Unmarked pedestrian crossing areas
Supermarkets are responsible for being sure that all the above (plus more) hazards are taken care of and neutralized. If this is not the case and a patron is injured due to the neglect of the store or a malfunction of their equipment, then they are liable.
These stores are responsible for cleaning up spills in a timely manner as well as marking them or other hazardous conditions with a sign in a timely manner in order to let customers know that there may be danger. If they fail to do this in the expected time or leave a clearly dangerous situation unattended then they are liable for any injury caused.
Because many supermarkets are run by large chains these days, it is important to talk to an attorney when attempting to file a claim. Many of these chains have large legal departments dedicated solely to defending the supermarket against slip and fall claims. Even in a case where it may seem like an obvious liability, there are times when these large defenses can find a loophole or an excuse to get out of paying out. Knowing the law and the liability for the party responsible as well as your responsibilities as a consumer is imperative.
If you believe that you or someone you know are the victim of a supermarket accident, especially a slip and fall, contact Horowitz & Logue at (724) 288-9750 today to make sure that you receive the proper compensation and that the large chains are not able to turn a blind eye to their responsibilities.