Slip, trip, and fall accidents most commonly occur during shopping trips in stores and store grounds. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates more than 8 million Americans each year are sent to the emergency room for a slip and fall injuries that happen inside one of these businesses. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 15% of all accidental deaths are caused by slips trips and falls, which is second only to car accident fatalities.
Most customers aren’t seeking to be injured while shopping for their daily needs. However, patrons of grocery and convenience stores should always be cautious of their surroundings to avoid dangerous areas. Keeping an eye out for caution or wet-floor signs may be the difference between staying upright and taking a spill.
Some key areas where you should be most cautious:
- Near entrances and exits, especially when weather conditions make it wet and slippery
- Recently mopped and waxed floors
- Carpeted or rugged areas where the material may be torn or forms a hazard
- In the produce area where juicy fruit or vegetables can fall to the ground
- Near any aisle containing liquid that may spill onto the floor
The problem lies with who to blame. Most store owners are quick to blame the injured party, arguing that he or she should have paid more attention to their own safety. If that doesn’t work, an owner may claim that there was nothing in the store’s power capable of preventing the slip and fall, so even if the store had acted the injury would still have occurred.
The fact remains that store owners owe you a duty to keep their premises free from hazards to prevent you from being injured. It is easier for an owner to take the proper precautions ahead of time than for a customer to predict where there may be a hazardous area.
When a store owner fails to do this and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries to you or your property, including medical expenses and loss of earnings. Do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss how we can help enforce your legal rights. Call Us immediately for a FREE consultation to discuss your case and your rights.