New Jersey Grocery Store Slip and Fall Attorney
When you’re at the grocery store, you’re focused on the products on the shelves and your shopping list, expecting that the store’s staff will keep floors clean and safe for customers. You’re not constantly on the lookout for liquids or other tripping hazards that could cause you to fall and suffer an injury. Unfortunately, customers fall and hurt themselves every day when negligent store management fails to attend to dangerous and hard-to-see hazards on store property, despite their legal obligation to do so. If you’ve been injured after a grocery store slip-and-fall, you may have a right to file a claim for money damages. Consult with the knowledgeable and effective New Jersey personal injury attorney Andrew R. Jacobs to determine if you have a claim for money damages.
How might a store become liable for a slip-and-fall injury?
Even though grocery stores are busy places, full of constant activity and moving customers, owners and managers have a legal duty to make every reasonable effort to keep the store safe. A grocery store will become liable for injuries that occur on their premises when a slipping hazard exists that management knew or should have known existed and taken steps to eliminate, and a customer who did not see the slipping hazard becomes injured as a result of the unsafe condition. Here are some examples of incidents that could result in liability for a negligent grocery store:
- A customer knocks over a glass jar containing a clear liquid and reports the spill to a store employee. The store fails to take action to either clean up the liquid or put up a sign warning customers of the spill. A customer who could not see the liquid slipped and fell in the puddle, breaking her wrist when she tried to catch her fall.
- A child knocks over a bottle of apple juice and doesn’t tell anyone. Store employees do not conduct regular inspections of the store, checking for hazards, despite how common spills are around the store. Hours later, an elderly woman slips in the puddle and breaks her hip.
- A rainstorm has been going on for hours. The entryway to the grocery store is paved with smooth tiles which easily become slippery when wet; in fact, during a past storm, a customer slipped on the tiles and was injured. Grocery store staff did not put out nonslip mats in the entryway, nor did they use other methods to dry the entryway or warn customers of the slipping hazard. A customer slips in the rain water and lands on his back, suffering a concussion.
Serious injuries can result from a grocery store slip-and-fall
Slipping in an unseen substance and falling on a hard surface can cause serious injuries, especially for those who are older and are more prone to breaking bones. Common slip-and-fall injuries include:
- Bruised or broken ribs
- Broken wrists and arms
- Sprains and ligament tears
- Fractured hips
- Mild TBI (traumatic brain injuries), such as concussions
- Skin lacerations and bruises
Don’t miss out on recovering the money you need and deserve for your medical expenses, missed work, or pain and suffering. At the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs, we’re experienced at negotiating with insurance companies and corporations to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve after a slip-and-fall. Contact us as soon as possible after a slip-and-fall accident, so that we can begin pursuing your recovery.
Experienced Legal Representation after a New Jersey Grocery Store Slip and Fall Injury
For a free case evaluation of your New Jersey grocery store slip-and-fall, contact the determined and aggressive personal injury attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation, at 973-532-9681.