Supermarket and Grocery Store Accidents Morris County NJ
Morris County and Sussex County Personal Injury Lawyer
Supermarkets are filled with objects that are breakable, heavy, or slippery. Shoppers regularly reach for an object, and drop it, causing the item to break on the floor. Some shoppers may tell the store and put them on notice of the potentially hazardous situation, while others may continue to shop and say nothing at all. In either case, the store has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its guests.
If you have been involved in an accident in a grocery store or supermarket and have sustained injuries, you may be entitled to recovery. Contact our office today for an evaluation of your case and consultation regarding your potential claim.
Supermarket Responsibility for a Safe Environment Sussex County
Supermarkets are responsible for providing a safe environment for guests. Despite a spill not being the store’s fault, the store still has an obligation to exercise due diligence and make the premises safe for shoppers and guests. For instance, employees should be checking aisles to make certain that they are free from hazardous materials. The store should also put up signs warning of dangerous conditions or clean up the items that may be dangerous. The most common accident in a grocery store is a slip and fall. Other possible accidents involve falling objects, spoiled foods that cause illnesses, or assaults on patrons due to lack of security.
What to do if you are injured in a NJ Supermarket
Advise the Store Manager
If you are involved in an accident in a grocery store, you should advise the store or store manager. Get the name of the person that you spoke with and ask for a copy of the incident report. Obtain the names of witnesses as well as their contact information if possible, as they may need to be interviewed in the future.
There may be other proof of the incident that our firm can obtain. For instance, we will ask for video surveillance of the store. We can also inquire of the store if they were aware of the spill, how long it took to clean up or attend to the spill, what the inspection procedures were at the time of the incident, if there were proper signs indicating a slippery surface, and what the store’s policy was in keeping the environment safe.
Seek Medical Attention
You should also seek medical attention. If you are or were injured, see a professional for help. Seeking medical help is obviously necessary for treating any medical condition that occurred as a result of the incident, and it also assists in recovering compensation for injuries.
Do not Sign any Documents
If the store or anyone asks you to sign any documents, do not sign them. Instead, seek legal assistance to avoid waiving any legal rights you may have. Our attorneys can review any documentation and handle further correspondence to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Typical Supermarket Accidents Newton NJ
There are numerous reasons why a person may be injured at a grocery store and they are not limited to slip and fall accidents. While slippery surfaces account for many injuries, there are countless other ways you could be hurt.
Employees stock shelves regularly and patrons take the merchandise down from shelves. This means that stocking and removal are subject to human error. Many people are hurt by falling objects from shelves.
Injuries on the property
Premises liability extends to any property belonging to the supermarket where a person may be injured. This extends to parking lots, carriage carousels, hallways, and walkways. Some conditions become hazardous due to ill repair, improper signage, dim lighting, or lack of reasonable care and maintenance. In some locations, a grocery store may also be required to have proper security to assist in the safety of its guests.
Morristown and Newton Premises Liability Attorney
Grocery stores and supermarkets may be liable in New Jersey in an area of the law known as premises liability. In order for a store to be liable, an attorney will have to prove several things that show that the store is at fault. Your attorney will have to prove that you were injured and that the hazardous condition led to, or caused your injuries.
It is not enough to show that the condition caused the injuries. A plaintiff must prove that the condition was known to the store, or should have been known to the store. A question one might ask is: could it be reasonably expected that the store would learn of the hazard if it exercised due diligence? The court will also review the facts to determine if the cause of the accident was not corrected once it was made known or should have been discovered.
Injured at a Supermarket? Contact a Premises Liability Attorney Today to Protect Your Rights
At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, our legal team has over 35 years of experience recovering compensation for injury victims and their families in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Parsippany, East Hanover, Dover, Hopatcong, Newton, Morristown, and more.
Attorney Michael Burakoff strongly believes in not only working closely with his clients but with their families as well. He understands just how stressful an injury and the injury recovery process can be for a family, and for that reason our law firm keeps our clients and their families highly informed and involved throughout the legal process.
If you have questions regarding injuries in a supermarket or grocery store, your options for making a successful personal injury recovery, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.