When you take a trip to the grocery store, you assume that it’ll go as planned. You park your car, buy what you need, load up your trunk and head home. While it should be simple and uneventful, grocery stores are much more dangerous than many people realize.
A slip-and-fall accident in a grocery store or on its premises should always be on your mind. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Wet floor: For example, if someone spills a liquid and doesn’t clean it up, you could step on it, slip and injure yourself when you hit the ground.
- Debris, inside or out: It doesn’t matter if you’re inside a store or out, it only takes one piece of debris to cause a slip-and-fall accident. Take, for instance, a store that hands out coupons to arriving customers. If one of these papers ends up on the floor, it’s a slipping hazard.
- Parking lot and sidewalk imperfections: These take on many forms, such as deep potholes in the parking lot and uneven sidewalks leading into the grocery store. You try to watch every step you take, as to avoid dangers like these, but it’s not always possible.
If you’re injured in a grocery store slip-and-fall accident, regardless of the cause, don’t attempt to get up and walk away from the scene. Stay where you are, assess your injuries and call for help if necessary. This is also a good time to collect evidence, if you’re able to do so.
Everything you do in the immediate aftermath of your accident will help you when seeking compensation for your injuries.