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Slip and Fall in a Grocery Store

According to the United States National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in the US. This type of injury is often dismissed or overlooked by those who may not realize how serious they can be. Slip and fall accidents have even been the meat of many jokes and comic television scene. The results of such an accident, however, can be anything but funny. The emotional, physical, and financial repercussions of suffering a slip and fall accident can be devastating. The victim can lose time from work and face mounting medical bills. They may even face long hospital stays and long-term rehabilitation. In some cases, the victim of a slip and fall accident may never fully recover and will need lifetime care, and unfortunately, still others may suffer wrongful death. Although the emotional toll of such accidents can be very heavy, the financial toll could be impossible for a person or family to bear. So what can be done for these victims?

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Slip and Fall in a Grocery Store

With all of the substances that get spilled in grocery stores, it is no wonder that this is one of the most common places for a slip and fall accident to occur. When customers spill drinks, water, or other liquids, a floor can become slippery and/or sticky. If a store roof leaks, the water may puddle on the floor causing a hazard. Any type of liquid substance on a floor can a customer to lose their footing. This is a major cause of slip and fall accidents in a store. Uneven tile or cracks in the floor can also cause a customer to fall, as can boxes and other items being left in the path of customers. Another thing to look for in a store is older rugs with the corners turning up.  All of these can cause a customer to suffer a slip and fall accident in a grocery store; and all of these are the responsibility of the store owner.

What Should You Do?

If you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident in a grocery store, there are a number of actions that you should take. First, get medical attention. Your number one priority after any accident should be your health. If you fall, it is best to stay put where you are and have someone call 911. You could have suffered broken bones that you are unaware of, and moving could further aggravate that injury. While waiting for medical personnel to arrive, try to get the names and number of as many witnesses as possible. If you are able, and have a cell phone, get pictures of the scene where your accident occurred. Include images of any substances or items on the floor which caused the fall. Once you have received medical attention for your injuries, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer specializing in premise liability lawsuits. At the Law Office of Neil Burns we can help you determine the best course of action for you to take in seeking compensation for your injuries. Premise liability attorneys can also help if you have a loved one who suffered wrongful death due to a slip and fall accident in a store.