Slip and Fall at Grocery Store
There are numerous large and specialty grocery stores in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, and Bellingham. Among the most popular chain grocery stores are QFC and Safeway, though Fred Meyer, Walmart, Costco, and Sam’s Club also sell groceries.
In addition to the chain stores, there are also specialty stores like PCC, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Met Market, New Seasons, and many others. While shopping at these stores is very safe normally, on occasion these stores pose dangers to customers who may slip and fall or be injured at their store.Grocery Store Washington State Laws
In most grocery store slip and fall cases, the reason someone slips and falls is because the grocery store failed to mop up the floor. This is most common by the coolers and freezers. Many times a customer will spill milk, water, ice, or some other substance, fail to notify the store, and another customer will come along, with their attention directed to an eye-level shelf, and slip and fall on the spilled substance, having never seen the substance that was left on the floor. Grocery stores have a duty to check the store’s floors to make sure they are free of spilled substances that can cause people to slip and fall.
In a grocery store trip and fall case, you have to prove that the owner the grocery store or convenience store knew or reasonably should have known that the floor was slippery to be the point of being dangerous. This may be very obvious or it may be difficult to prove.
A lawyer can help you achieve the desired outcome in a case like this by doing any number of things, such as obtaining surveillance footage to show when the substance or content that you slipped and fell on was spilled. In these kinds of cases, timing is very important. If you slipped and fell on a substance that was only on the floor for a very short period of time, then the grocery store will likely prevail on the argument that it could not have reasonably have known to clean up the spill, assuming the spill did not occur within the sight of the store’s employees or management.Exceptions to Liability
If you have been injured inside a grocery store, you rightfully deserve to be compensated if it can be proven that the city or business did not legally and properly maintain their store in a manner that was safe for all patrons. However, this is not to say prevailing on your claim will be easy.
Statistically, these case are difficult to win. Oftentimes the defense for the store will be as simple as: you should have watched where you were going. This of course may not be true as it may have been impossible not to slip given the condition of the store, but it’s a common defense that has, in many instances, been successful in court.
Additional arguments advanced by the defense are:
- You knew ahead of time about the danger that led you to be hurt
- The danger was considered “open and obvious,” meaning anyone could see it
- The owner of the property or business where you were either didn’t know or reasonably could not have known about the danger that hurt you
- You caused your injury by not using the premises correctly
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a grocery store, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Butt or tailbone injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Injuries of this serious of a nature rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they require medical attention to address them. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after suffering a serious injury on someone else’s property.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured at a grocery store by slipping and falling, you may have a claim against them to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for medical bills
We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. There may be instances when you find yourself having to defend yourself from untrue accusations from the insurance company for the party that injured you. They may claim that you are somehow either entirely at fault or partly at fault for your injuries.
For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury because of a slip and fall at a business’ parking lot, the insurance company for the business may argue that you should have watched where you were going. If this is the case, the Jackman Law Firm can help you by sending a subpoena for documents from the company, interviewing key witnesses, and speaking to the police to see if we can do everything possible to prove your case in your favor. Feel free to call for a free consultation.