While running your errands at your local Pomona grocery store, the last thing on your mind may be suffering a serious injury. Yet, slip-and-fall accidents at grocery stores are common and can lead to injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries and more.
You may exercise reasonable caution while selecting produce or wheeling your cart through the various aisles. However, unexpected circumstances or negligent actions by store employees can dramatically alter your otherwise routine errand. What should you know about grocery store injuries and what to do after an accident?
A slip-and-fall accident can occur due to wet, unmarked or otherwise hazardous surfaces. Unfortunately, such circumstances are fairly common, especially in grocery stores where spilled products, freshly cleaned floors and more can all affect shoppers. Some common hazards you may encounter can include spilled food or drinks, unmarked mopped floors, frayed or unsecured entrance mats, cracked pavement in the parking lot and more.
Store owners must exercise reasonable care in protecting consumers and those on their premises. When they fail to uphold this duty, you may pursue compensation for the injuries you suffered due to their negligence.
After an accident, take the following steps:
Victims of slip-and-fall accidents must abide by strict deadlines in California to file a claim, known as the statute of limitations. To recover the compensation you are due, file your personal injury claim within two years of the accident. Because slip-and-fall accidents require proving negligence on behalf of the store owner or employees, filing your claim as soon as possible can strengthen your case.