A few years ago, a woman in New Jersey was awarded almost a million dollars in a court case after an attempted settlement when she took a grocery store company in a personal injury lawsuit. She slipped and fell in a ShopRite grocery store and injured her neck. The company was not willing to offer as much as she wanted, so her case landed in front of a jury. Unfortunately, many people are injured in slip and fall accidents every year that take place in grocery stores. In many of these cases, negligence was involved in some way.
Proving Slip and Fall Accidents
When you have fallen in a store, the owner of the property may be liable for your injuries. However, you must first be able to prove some things. You must be able to show the court that there was a dangerous condition on the property that caused the accident. This could be as simple to prove as showing the court a photograph of the accident scene. You must also be able to show that it was the owner’s fault, such as proof that the property owner knew about the condition but did nothing to change it. You must also show that you received losses due to the injury. This is easy to prove by showing expenses relating to your injury.
Businesses that are open to the public owe us a legal obligation to maintain a reasonable and safe premises, free from hazards. If an injury takes place in a grocery store, therefore, the business could be held liable. Negligence stems from a property owner knowing that a dangerous condition existed, that the dangerous condition existed previously, that the store owner did not inspect the store for dangers, that there was inadequate cleanup, or that there was evidence that the substance caused the fall in some way. You should be aware that the grocery store may try to protect themselves by bringing a variety of defenses. For instance, they may say that there was no dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that they took reasonable steps to protect consumers, and that the danger did not cause the injury. Because of this, you want a personal injury attorney on your side who will help you fight for your rights to compensation. Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi for more.