Property owners have a responsibility to make sure their premises are safe for their customers and employees. Unfortunately, they sometimes fall short, and accidents happen. Slip and fall accidents are especially common in grocery stores. Management neglects to identify and correct slippery floors, damaged grocery carts, or faulty doors.
We have provided a detailed list on what you should do if you have experienced a slip and fall accident in a grocery store.
Seek medical attention
Do not wait to call a doctor, even if you do not feel any effects right away. Schedule a precautionary check up to ensure your health and safety. Talk to your medical professional about the accident so they can provide the best treatment and prescribe the right medications for you.
Document as much as you can
Make sure to take detailed notes of the accident and save records that prove medical visits and bills. Document the conditions of the store, the time the accident occurred, and even the names of staff members you spoke with.
Capture photos of the conditions at the store. Unfortunately, sometimes words are not enough. Visuals go a long way with insurance companies and in court, if it gets to that point. Take shots from multiple perspectives and at multiple distances so viewers can fully understand all angles of the event.
Request video surveillance
Most stores have video cameras. Request the surveillance from the day and time the accident occurred. This evidence will help immensely to prove your case in court and with insurance companies.
Obtain contact information from witnesses
Witnesses who saw your accident can be powerful in proving your case. Whether they are other shoppers or employees, make sure to retrieve their contact information in case you need their side of the story to back up yours.
File a report
Once you have all documents, evidence, and contact information, file an official accident report with local law enforcement. Have all notes ready to hand over at the time of your call so the police can get on your case right away.
Contact an attorney
It can be difficult to prove whether or not a property owner knew about the dangerous conditions surrounding an accident. This is why you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to conduct a thorough investigation.
At Ginnis & Krathen, our slip and fall attorneys have the experience necessary to successfully represent you in your slip and fall case and to help you get the reimbursement you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation and to learn if you have a case.