Store slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries that occur at places such as supermarkets, department stores and malls. Often, the store owner or employees are responsible for causing or failing to prevent these accidents. Slip and fall accidents can result in serious or debilitating injuries that result in chronic pain or permanent disabilities. As a result, injured victims are often greatly impacted from incurring large medical expenses, suffer from pain and are not able to work.
What Are Some Common Causes Of Store Slip and Fall Accidents?
There are potential dangers lurking in every aisle of a store. Some stores are stocked with food items, products and liquids that can make their way to the floor and pose a slip and fall hazard. There can also be other dangerous conditions in the store. Here are some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents in stores:
- Spilled foods or liquids
- Objects that fell on the floor
- Uneven floors
- Defective shopping carts
- Dangerous stairs or escalators
- Failure to display proper safety signs and warnings
- Wet floors after cleaning
- Improper stocking of shelves
- Protruding objects from the floor or shelving
What Should You Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you have been injured from a slip and fall accident in a store, it is important to get medical attention right away. Then, file an incident report with the property manager or owner. Take pictures of the location where you fell and, more importantly, what caused your fall. Also take photographs of the surroundings. Get contact information from the employees or from anyone else who witnessed the fall. Save all your bills and receipts relating to the injury, treatment and other related expenses. Lastly, contact an experienced Rhode Island slip and fall lawyer who will fight to protect your rights.
How Can I Prove A Slip and Fall Accident At a Store?
It can be challenging to prove fault in a store slip and fall case. Just being injured will not automatically get you compensation in such cases. In order to be successful with your injury claim, you must prove that the store or one of its employees is responsible for causing your injury. This can be done in different ways such as showing that they caused or created the dangerous condition; that the supermarket or its employees knew about the dangerous condition, but failed to fix it or warn customers about it or that the store should have known about the dangerous condition. The challenge lies in the fact that it can be hard to prove that a store knew or caused the dangerous condition. However, an experienced slip and fall lawyer could assist by gathering all of the available information and handle your claim on your behalf.
Contact an Experienced RI Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact one of our experienced RI slip and fall accident lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.