Slip and Fall Accidents at Grocery Stores
We have have all likely experienced a near miss at a grocery store entryway. It can be tricky navigating an entrance that may have water or torn carpets or cracked and broken tiles. No one assumes they may slip and fall and seriously injure themselves during a trip to the grocery. Slip and falls are a leading cause of injury for all age groups
If you slip and fall you could have a viable claim against the store owner, providing it is proven that the owner failed to keep customers reasonably safe. Property owners are responsible for clearing all obstacles from any entrance into a store, or other property.
A plaintiff may sue a property owner for damages providing it can be shown that the owner knew about a danger but did nothing to correct it. In Kentucky, the law permits injured people to sue if a store owner should have realized a possible danger, but did nothing about it.
Over one million people visit an emergency room each year for a slip and fall accident. Some common accidents that cause a slip and fall may include:
- Tripping on something in an aisle
- Tripping over loose carpet or a floor mat
- Tripping over broken, chipped or worn tiling
- Being hit by an object falling off a shelf
- Slipping on a spill the store staff have not cleaned up promptly
- Slipping in a freshly washed area of the floor with no warning signs
- Poor lighting hiding a dangerous condition that could cause a slip and fall
Even though the burden in a slip and fall lawsuit is on the plaintiff to prove a store owner failed to provide them with a safe premises, the law also expects a person to pay attention to their surroundings. If a reasonable individual would use caution to avoid injuring themselves if a hazard was obvious, a plaintiff may not be able to collect damages. Also, Kentucky is a comparative negligence state which means a court may reduce an award by the percentage of fault a plaintiff is assessed at contributing to an accident.
Each case is different and there are various situations that may happen to change how the law could be applied in a particular case. For this reason it is best to discuss a slip and fall in a grocery store with an experienced and competent attorney at Hessig & Pohl. We are here to help you get the compensation you need and deserve and we do not quit until we obtain justice. Call us or text today at 502-777-1111.