While you may think that accidents only occur on the roads or in the workplace, they can also occur in typical locations like the supermarket. So if you have suffered injuries due to a supermarket accident, continue reading to learn how an experienced Broward County slip and fall lawyer at The Finizio Law Group can help you in collecting the evidence you need for your personal injury claim.
What are the common causes of supermarket accidents?
Supermarkets are supposed to be safe places. But this can be compromised if an employee or manager practices negligence and fails to clear the premises of any potential safety hazards. The following is a list of examples of employee or manager negligence:
- Failure to monitor and clean spills in the aisles.
- Failure to monitor and clean spills in the restrooms.
- Failure to identify and fix unstable food/product displays.
- Failure to identify and fix loose food/products on the shelves.
- Failure to identify and remove spoiled or expired food from the shelves or from samples.
- Failure to identify and remove obstructions in the aisles.
- Failure to place floor mats in necessary areas.
- Failure to fix defective automatic entrance and exit doors.
- Failure to retain adequate security for the premises.
- Failure to install adequate lighting on the premises.
- Failure to identify and fix potholes in the parking lot or cracks on the sidewalk.
What damages can I recover after my supermarket accident?
If you suffered injuries from a supermarket accident, due to no fault of your own, then you may be eligible for a personal injury claim. With this, you may be eligible to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Examples of both are as follows:
- Economic damages:
- Medical bills (i.e., ambulance bill, overnight hospital bill, prescription medicine, physical therapy, etc).
- Lost current and future wages.
- Lost opportunity for future employment.
- Non-economic damages:
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress.
- Loss of independence.
- Loss of companionship.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
What proof do I need of my supermarket accident?
And in order to recover economic and non-economic damages, you must satisfy the burden of proof in your claim. That is, you must prove that your injuries and damages were a direct result of an employee’s or manager’s negligence. Important proof includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- A copy of the police report executed by an officer at the scene.
- A copy of the store incident report executed by a store manager.
- Pictures and videos of the scene, its safety hazards, your injuries, and your damages.
- The name, phone number, email address, etc. of any present witnesses.
- A written record or verbally-recorded recount of your accident by any present witnesses.
- Copies of your medical documentation regarding your injuries and their severity.
- Copies of your medical bills regarding the cost of your treatment.
- Surveillance camera footage of your accident occurring.
Importantly, supermarket owners tend to be hesitant with turning over security camera footage. Rest assured, we can help you with obtaining it, along with any other evidence necessary. Call us today.