Most people do not imagine sustaining a serious injury while simply shopping for groceries. Unfortunately, supermarket accidents are more common than you may think, and if you were recently injured in a supermarket, either in a slip and fall or otherwise, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Read on and speak with our Maryland personal injury attorney to learn more about these accidents, what to do if you are hurt in one, and how we can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of supermarket accidents?
Supermarket accidents happen for many different reasons, however, they are most commonly a result of negligence on the part of supermarket management or staff. Some of the most common causes of supermarket accidents include spills left unattended in aisles or restrooms, merchandise falling from shelves and striking shoppers, unsafe parking lots (due to insufficient lighting, lack of security, or otherwise), poorly placed floor mats, and more.
What should I do if I am hurt in a grocery store?
If you are hurt in a grocery store due to no fault of your own, you should take several steps to document the incident to boost your chances of winning a personal injury claim at a later date. After an accident, you should do the following:
- Call the police and notify the store owner of the injury. The store owner/manager should write up a store incident report documenting the accident. When the police arrive, they should also file a police report, documenting the incident.
- Ask any witnesses of the accident for their name, phone number, and email address.
- Take pictures of the unsafe condition that caused your accident, if possible. It is critical that you document all evidence pertaining to your accident.
- Ensure that you receive immediate medical treatment.
- Once you are treated at a hospital, ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills concerning your injuries. Our firm can use medical bills to help prove the extent of your damages.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable Maryland personal injury attorney who can work to uncover all evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf. As long as we can prove that the supermarket management or staff knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe condition, failed to take action to fix it, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance that you will be entitled to financial compensation.
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