Large supermarkets like Publix can be surprisingly dangerous places. With so many shoppers and variable involved, hazards can sometimes go unaddressed, leading to injuries for innocent people. If you were injured in such an accident, Publix might well be liable for your medical bills and other losses. Unfortunately, either they or their insurer is likely to deny responsibility.
Large organizations like this have policies in place to limit their exposure. They will try to blame customers, whenever possible, and are unlikely to offer compensation. To ensure that you are treated fairly and fully compensated for your losses, you need to hire a Miami Publix injury lawyer from Lavent Law.
Premises Liability and Publix
Fault and negligence are not always clear in premises liability cases. Accidents do happen, especially at the supermarket. A customer in front of you might have dropped a jug of milk that spilled and caused you to slip. That doesn’t mean that Publix is to blame, however. For you to have a valid personal injury claim, they must be demonstrably negligent. This means that your Miami Publix injury lawyer will need to prove the following:
- You were injured on Publix property
- How you were injured
- Publix or one of their team members was aware of the problem
- They could have acted to prevent the accident but failed to do so
If any of these factors is missing, it will be difficult to win your case. What follows is an example of negligence in a premises liability case:
If the lights were burnt out at the store entrance and there was debris in the doorway that was difficult to see, anyone who tripped over it and became injured could have grounds for a claim against the store. This is because the injury occurred on site due to their property conditions. A team member would have likely seen that the light was out, and they could have prevented the accident by simply replacing it.
Don’t Go Without Legal Help
You need to file an accident report with Publix as soon as you are injured. This applies regardless of whether you plan on seeking compensation or not. You should also take pictures of your injuries and the negligent property conditions that caused your accident, as well as take down the contact information of any witnesses. Doing all of this will put you in a strong negotiating position if your injuries are serious enough to require compensation.
However, negotiating with a large retailer is typically futile without an attorney. They have entire departments dedicated to making these cases go away. They will try to dissuade you from suing, make it seem like the accident was your fault, and use anything you say against you. This is a dangerous spot to be in.
Instead, a Miami Publix injury lawyer from our firm can negotiate on your behalf and ensure that you are treated fairly. If the negotiations break down, you can still file a lawsuit and take your case to court, where we will continue to represent you and fight for your compensation.
Contact a Miami Publix Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt while visiting a Publix due to an unaddressed hazard in the store or parking lot, you might be able to recover compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim. This isn’t simple, however, as the store and their insurer are unlikely to simply accept responsibility and pay the full value of your claim.
By working with Lavent Law, you can give yourself the best chance for recovering full compensation for your injuries and losses. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case in detail with a Miami Publix injury lawyer by completing the form below or by calling 305-440-0450.