Slip and fall accidents can happen in many different public places, including McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot, and grocery stores. All of these places pose dangers for both shoppers and employees, which can lead to devastating injuries and lawsuits to hold the responsible person or company accountable.
Here is some information about grocery store slip and fall cases and how to get the highest slip and fall settlement amounts with experienced legal help in New York City.
Common Causes of Grocery Store Slips and Falls
It is common for grocery items to be knocked off of shelves and causes messes in aisles that are not immediately cleaned up. Grocery store employees may leave ladders and other pieces of equipment out where it can be tripped over. Malfunctioning grocery carts, missing floor mats, pallets stacked in walkways, and cracked pavement outside the store can also cause people to become injured while grocery shopping.
When these falls happen, people can suffer from spinal cord injuries, back pain, concussions, and broken bones, cuts, bruises, and fractures may result from even seemingly minor falls in grocery stores.
What to Do After a Fall in a Grocery Store
If you slip and fall in a grocery store, there are important steps that you should remember to take when you are able to. The first thing to focus on is how you feel and get medical attention for your injuries. As soon as possible, take some photos of the accident scene and write down details about the store conditions and your fall in case you have trouble remembering them later. This will come in handy when you are trying to file an accident report with the grocery store later.
Get witness contact information if anyone saw your accident and don’t make a statement until you have spoken with a local slip and fall lawyer. As your medical symptoms progress, keep a log of your treatment and pain because this information factors into skip and fall grocery store settlements.
How to File Grocery Store Slip and Fall Cases
To prove a grocery store slip and fall case, you and your attorney will need to prove that the grocery store had a duty of care to keep you safe and that you were injured because of the store’s negligence or the negligence of a store employee. If the grocery store breached its duty of care to you and is liable for your measurable injuries, you may be entitled to compensation to help you get back to your normal life.
Comparative negligence often comes into play with grocery store slip and fall cases because the injured person was partially responsible for his or her own injuries due to being distracted or careless. However, New York law is favorable to plaintiffs because it has a pure comparative negligence rule for personal injury cases. This means that you may recover from a claim at a reduced amount even if you were somewhat to blame for your fall.
Find Legal Help for the Highest Slip and Fall Settlement Amounts
The Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum has helped many people pursue cases against grocery stores and win settlement money to help them pay for medical bills, lost time from work, and other accident-related expenses. For a free consultation after you have fallen in a grocery store, contact us online or by phone at 718-237-5586.