Many of us find trips to the grocery store as a boring task we have to trek every week. However, when we go shopping, we don’t expect to encounter dangerous hazards at our favorite store. Just like any other business, grocery stores have a responsibility or duty to maintain a safe premises so customers don’t injure themselves in accidents that could have been avoided.
If a store fails to properly maintain its premises, or it doesn’t clean up a spill in a timely manner, and those actions or failure to act leads to an accident in which you suffer injuries, you can pursue a premises liability claim for your slip and fall injuries.
What To Do If You Fall At The Grocery Store
Maintaining evidence and supporting documentation is a necessity to build a strong slip and fall claim against the grocery store, so here are a few things that you should do to maintain evidence and protect your rights:
- If you slip and fall at the grocery store, take photos of the accident scene if you are physically able to do so.
- Be sure to tell an employee, preferably a manager, because an accident report must be filled out.
- Seek medical care in order to establish the connection between your accident and the injuries suffered.
- Maintain supporting documentation, such as medical bills, medical records, and proof of missed work and lost wages.
You should jot down notes about your accident while it is still fresh in your memory. You will need to be able to provide detailed information about the hazard and the manner in which your accident occurred when you pursue a personal injury claim against the grocery store.
Evidence Used In A Personal Injury Claim
If you have suffered injuries when you fell at a grocery store, there are several things that can be used as supporting evidence. Keep copies of medical bills and medical records. Get a copy of any accident report that may have been completed. Take photos of the accident scene if possible and take photos of any visible injuries. Get statements and contact information from any witnesses. When you pursue your personal injury claim, you can supply your evidence and supporting documentation to help you prove liability.
David Price is a Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections, and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has been practicing law for 12 years. David Price believes in helping those who have been injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.