Can I (Still) File a Lawsuit Over My Supermarket Slip and Fall?
Due to slick floors and often-spilled liquids, grocery stores and supermarkets are some of the most likely places for slip-and-fall injuries to occur in California and nationwide. If you have been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence, you are eligible to sue for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses. But, not every shopping injury is straightforward- if you have been hurt in a supermarket slip and fall, consider the following complications:
The store had warning signs posted. When there’s a spill on aisle seven, grocery store employees’ first response is often to post warning signs before the hazard is cleaned up. This is a helpful precaution, but it does not automatically prevent the store owner from being held responsible in the event of an injury. If you were hurt in a slip and fall where there were warning signs present, the question of liability will depend on several factors, including the placement, visibility, and sufficiency of the warning sign. In these cases, a California slip and fall attorney can be helpful in determining whether it is worthwhile to pursue a lawsuit.
The fall took place outside the store. Not all supermarket falls take place in slippery aisles. Fortunately, a store owner’s responsibility to maintain safe conditions extends to the exterior of the premises. For example, many injuries occur in supermarket parking lots due to poor lighting, uneven pavement, potholes, or black ice. If you were injured in a fall outside a shopping area, a personal injury attorney can help investigate your claim and determine who is responsible.
You didn’t go to the hospital right after your fall. If you are hurt in a slip and fall, it is important to seek appropriate medical attention as soon as possible, for your own health and to document your injury. However, many slip and fall injuries are not serious enough to require an emergency room visit, and some injuries that seem minor at first require serious medical treatment later on. Because ANY injury caused by a slip and fall is compensable, lack of immediate hospital treatment will not in most cases prevent you from recovering damages from a negligent store owner.
If you have recently been injured in a slip and fall at a supermarket, grocery store, or other shopping area, contact a California personal injury lawyer at KG Law for a free evaluation of your case.