Slip-and-Fall at a Supermarket: What to Do
Whenever you set foot on another person’s property, whether it’s a home or business, Florida law requires the property owner to keep you “reasonably” safe. If the owner notices a dangerous situation, such as a spill, he or she must correct the danger within a reasonable amount of time so it won’t hurt anyone.
Supermarkets are a common site of slip-and-fall accidents because they are busy and liquids and foods can leak, spill, or otherwise end up on the floor. If you’ve been injured as a result of negligence at the supermarket, you can recover compensation for your injuries. Find out how below.
How Do You Know if Negligence Was Involved?
The only ones who can truly determine who was at fault for an injury are judges and juries. However, if you’ve been injured at a supermarket, you can take some steps that will greatly improve your chances of securing a successful outcome for your injury claim. The keys are documentation and hiring a personal injury attorney.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
After your fall, don’t brush off your injuries as no big deal, even if you’re not in much pain. If you’re in pain, seek medical attention. It’s better to be safe than sorry, even if you learn that your injury isn’t all that serious.
It’s also better to see a healthcare provider immediately after your fall so the cause of your injury can be quickly determined and documented.
Report the Accident
When you’ve been injured at a supermarket, make sure you alert the store manager. You shouldn’t give too many details about the incident, but make the manager aware that you slipped. Also, request the manager’s name and the store’s insurance information.
Document Witness Statements
If possible, you will want to obtain witness statements. At a minimum, write down the names and contact details for as many witnesses as you can. Their statements will greatly increase your chances in court.
Obtain Additional Evidence
When you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you should obtain evidence, as you would in any case. For a judge or jury to believe your side of the story, you must have some proof for them to go on. You should take photos of the area where you fell, especially if the substance or object you slipped on is visible.
You can save your clothing and shoes as evidence, if the substance you slipped on remained. You should also collect your medical records to show the extent to which the fall has injured you and prove the expenses you’ve accumulated as a result of the accident. Try to obtain video surveillance recordings, if possible.
Contact a Miami Slip-and-Fall Lawyer
When you’ve suffered a slip-and-fall accident at a supermarket due to the property owner’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. Supermarket owners have a duty to keep you safe while on their property, and your attorney can see that you get the compensation you need to put this incident behind you.
Now that you know what to do after a supermarket slip-and-fall accident, contact a Miami slip-and-fall attorney with Lavent Law. Call us at (305) 440-0450 or fill out the form below to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation.