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What to Do if You are Injured in a Slip and Fall at the Supermarket

At one time or another, all of us have experienced a slip and fall. Sometimes an injury is the result of a slip and fall. According to Government statistics, slips and falls account for about nine million visits to emergency rooms throughout the country every year. While slip and falls occur in different settings, today we are going to focus on supermarket slip and fall injuries. If you have suffered this sort of injury, what should you do now? Is a personal injury lawsuit the right move?

Supermarket Slip and Fall Injuries

While the classic story surrounding a fall in a supermarket is usually centered around a banana peel, the most common cause of falls in the supermarket is a wet floor. The risk of such a supermarket slip and fall occurring may actually increase during the winter months as people walk around in their wet boots and shoes. Regardless of the cause of the wet floor, supermarkets and other stores are all expected to maintain a safe shopping environment for their customers. If you have been injured in such a fall, it may be time to contact a personal injury attorney.

Personal Injury Lawsuit – Time to See A Doctor

Many different injuries can occur from such falls, including sprains, strains, and fractures. While a sprain or strain might not sound serious, it very well could be. Seeking medical care to be sure is always a good idea. Call your doctor or seek medical care at a walk-in clinic if your primary physician can’t get you in to see you within two or three days of the injury. Some types of injuries that can be resolved quickly with treatment can develop into serious problems if not attended to in time.

Write Down What You Remember

It is important to remember all you can about the supermarket slip and fall incident when it occurred. Write down all that you remember as early as possible after the incident. Was there a malfunctioning refrigeration unit in the aisle that was leaking? Were there any signs around indicating a wet floor or another hazard? Was your floor caused by an obstruction in the aisle? If so, describe the area as well as you can. 

The more you can recall and document regarding the hazard that contributed to your fall the better. Your personal injury attorney will need to show that the supermarket was negligent or failed to maintain a safe shopping environment to be successful in a personal injury lawsuit.

Consult a Personal Injury Attorney at the Shapiro Law Group

To get the proper compensation for any injuries suffered from a supermarket slip and fall accident, a determination of liability is necessary. After seeking the proper medical care, consulting a Personal Injury Attorney at the Shapiro Law Group to help you sort through the plethora of factors that need review should be your first step. In addition to medical expenses that result from your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income and the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call today at 339-298-2300 for a free consultation.