You may think that grocery shopping is just like any other errand that you run. However, the supermarket may be home to many safety hazards that may lead to accidents and injuries. Read on to discover what injuries you may suffer after a supermarket accident and how a seasoned Tampa supermarket accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A., can support you during this difficult time.
What are the common causes of supermarket accidents in the state of Florida?
Most supermarket accidents share a common root cause. That is, they are mostly due to the negligence of supermarket employees and/or staff. Examples of such negligence include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Failing to clean up spills or broken glass in the aisles.
- Failing to remove hazardous obstructions in the aisles.
- Failing to clean up spills in the restrooms.
- Failing to fix faulty product displays.
- Failing to fix loose products on the shelves.
- Failing to discard spoiled or expired food from the shelves or from samples.
- Failing to add floor mats in required areas.
- Failing to correct defective automatic entrance and exit doors.
- Failing to employ adequate security inside and outside the premises.
- Failing to install sufficient lighting inside and outside the premises.
- Failing to patch up potholes in the parking lot or cracks in the sidewalk.
- Failing to clear snow or ice in the parking lot or sidewalk.
What types of injuries may arise after a supermarket accident?
And with a supermarket accident, you may have suffered from any one, if not more, of the following injuries:
- Cuts and bruises to the skin.
- Fractures to the hips, wrists, arms, etc.
- A cracked pelvis.
- Injuries to the back or spinal cord.
- Injuries to the head.
- A concussion.
What evidence do I need after my supermarket accident?
When you file your personal injury claim, you must also file a sufficient amount of evidence. Such evidence must make it clear to the Florida judge that your injuries and damages were a direct cause of a supermarket employee’s or manager’s negligence. Examples of such evidence include the following:
- The police report was written by a law enforcement officer at the scene.
- The store incident report that was written by a store manager at the scene.
- Pictures and videos of your injuries, your damages, and the contributory hazards at the scene.
- The contact information (i.e., name, phone number, email address, etc) of any witnesses.
- The witnesses’ written or verbally-recorded descriptions of how your accident played out.
- Your medical documents that state when you received your injuries and how serious they are.
- Your medical bills that state how much your treatment(s) costs.
Rest assured, a competent Tampa slip and fall lawyer is ready and willing to help you in gathering this evidence. Whenever you are ready, give our firm a call.