For many of us, supermarket shopping is just another part of our everyday lives. Shopping for groceries doesn’t feel very dangerous, but in reality, if a supermarket is not properly maintained, serious injuries can occur. If you are injured in a supermarket, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on for more information regarding supermarket accidents in New York.
How Do Supermarket Accidents Occur?
Supermarket accidents can be caused by any number of factors. Some of the most common causes of supermarket accidents are as follows:
- Water spilled on restroom floors
- Inadequate security
- Unstable displays
- Improperly positioned floor mats
- Tainted or spoiled food
- Aisle obstructions
- Inadequate lighting
- Potholes in parking lots
- Slippery entrances and exits
- Falling items from shelves
What Types of Injuries Occur in Supermarkets?
Supermarket accidents have spawned some gruesome injuries in the past, some of which are as follows:
- Cuts and bruises
- Cracked pelvis
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured hips
- Head wounds
- Fractured wrists and arms
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need to prove that this negligence occurred. To do this, there are a few important steps to take. You should make sure to document the scene by taking photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. Additionally, you should notify the manager of the accident. He or she should file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report. It is important to seek medical attention. This will ensure that your injuries are tended to while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. If any bystanders witnessed your accident occur, ask for their contact information. They may be able to provide witness testimonies if need be. Lastly, make sure you hire a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to provide further evidence, such as security footage of the incident. Make sure to file your personal injury claim on time. Generally, in New York, you will have three years to file this claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a supermarket, contact our firm to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. We are here to advocate for you and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.