People who frequent supermarkets often don’t understand the dangers that exist in the grocery aisles. Consumers trust that the staff and management will take all precautions to secure our safety as we navigate the store. Store staff is responsible for continuously monitoring the aisles for anything that could injure a shopper. This is not always the case. Not all stores are held to a standard that consumers expect and when the staff is negligent, it can cause a multitude of injuries. Some hazards that consumers face in supermarkets include:
If you have been injured because of the negligence of the store staff, you should contact an attorney. If your injuries are serious, you could be burdened with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, and unforeseen future impacts. Some injuries can stay dormant for years. If you can prove that the hazard was known or should have been known by the staff, manager, or owner of the supermarket, you could sue for damages. In addition to medical bill and lost wages, you could be compensated for pain and suffering and legal fees. If you need a law firm with the experience and skill to protect your interests in a Brooklyn and New York City slip and fall, contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C.
The first thing we tell our clients is to seek medical attention. When a medical professional tends to your needs, they will document the injury and most likely the place and time they treated you. This information can help support your claim if you need to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you are physically able, you should consider collecting evidence yourself. Obviously, take note of what store you are in and the time that you were injured. If you have the ability, take pictures of the hazard because the staff will quickly come to rectify the problem after an accident, erasing the evidence. If there were witnesses, ask for their contact information so they can later support your claim. It sounds tedious, but collecting evidence will help you later on. Similar to most personal injury accidents, you have the burden of proof. This means that you have to establish negligence. If you can prove that the store staff knew or should have known about the hazard, you could be entitled to punitive damages.
Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. is proud to serve Brooklyn and New York City with quality legal services regarding personal injury matters. If you have been injured in a supermarket, you need to consider your options. Your injuries could be severe and impact you for years to come. Don’t allow someone else’s negligence to devastate your life and livelihood. If you need our legal services, contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C.