If you have experienced a slip and fall injury in a grocery store, you should contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers generally have policies and procedures intended to keep their customers safe. These policies are usually created by the company’s headquarters. Unfortunately, managers and store employees and either do not know how to, or intentionally do not follow corporate safety policies. This is evident because of the thousands of people who are injured in grocery stores every year.
The blame game
Many people who suffer a slip and fall feel as if they were personally responsible for the fall, thinking to themselves, “I should have watched where I was going.” Others feel a sense of loyalty to the grocery store where they spend a significant amount of time and money every week, year after year. Some people, who are genuinely injured, would rather suffer than face than be stigmatized as someone who is faking for financial gain. The reality is that stores are active workplaces, and much of the work happens during the time that customers are in the building. This means that stores have as much, maybe more of a responsibility to keep customers safe while they shop, as they are to keep their employees safe. Unfortunately, in many cases, corporate profit is frequently more important than customer safety.
When you Slip and Fall in a store, chances are great that your accident occurred in a location that storeowners already considered a “problem area.” Statistics show that such areas may include:
- Produce department
- Floral department
- Frozen food aisles
- Checkout areas
- Toy department
- Entrances and exits
These are high traffic areas where there is often water, slippery produce, or merchandise on the floor.
Storeowners and operators have a legal obligation to provide reasonable care for the safety of their customers. They should take steps to correct or warn customers of dangerous conditions such as water on the floor. In fact, the store management must make regular and ongoing inspections of the store in an effort find and correct dangerous conditions. Store employees are required to be proactively looking for dangerous conditions, spills, or tripping hazards. This is where most operations stores fail their customers because employees are either preoccupied or too short staffed to perform or follow any inspection routine. Ultimately, dangerous conditions go unnoticed, and thousands of people are injured in stores every year.
Speak with one of the top accident attorneys in Charlotte, NC
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact the Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC. Even if you are not sure that you have a case, you have nothing to lose by seeking advice from one of their accident injury attorneys. They are available for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your concerns. The Olive Law Firm has been helping residents of North Carolina seek justice for nearly 60 years. They will make sure that you consult with an accident lawyer for slip and fall whether you reside in Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, NC, as well as the surrounding areas.