Food shopping is something most of us must do virtually every single week. Though for many of us, we seldom expect to sustain a serious injury while simply checking off items on our grocery list. Unfortunately, supermarket accidents are more common than you may think. If you were hurt in such an accident, however, there is a strong chance that you are now entitled to financial compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to a knowledgeable Anne Arundel County personal injury lawyer from our legal team to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some common causes of supermarket injuries?
Supermarkets and their premises, including parking lots, sidewalks, etc. are heavily populated and bustling with activity, which is why supermarket ownership and staff are required to be vigilant in ensuring the premises are safe. When they fail to do so, people can slip, trip, or otherwise sustain a wide range of injuries. Some common causes of supermarket accident injuries are as follows:
- Broken glass from knocked-over jars
- Spilled liquids left unattended
- Deli counters serving spoiled or tainted food
- Dangerous supermarket parking lot or sidewalk conditions
- Dim lighting in supermarkets
- Slippery or poorly placed floormats
- Unstable merchandise displays, or items falling from shelves
How do I know if I have a valid claim?
To have a valid personal injury claim in the state of Maryland, you and your personal injury attorney will need to prove several things. First, you’ll need to demonstrate that an unsafe property condition was present. You’ll then have to prove that supermarket ownership or staff either knew or should have known about the hazard and did nothing to fix it. From there, you’ll need to prove that you encountered the hazard, which directly caused your accident, and, finally, that you incurred damages as a result.
What compensation can I recover?
If we can satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, you should receive compensation to help you deal with the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred because of your accident. This can include the cost of medical bills and lost wages, as well as the pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-financial damages you’ve sustained.
If you have any further questions or would like to get started, give us a call or contact us online so we can get working on your claim.