Supermarket Accident Lawyer

When you patronize a supermarket, you expect that the property will be free of hazards that could cause you harm. Managers or owners of supermarkets have a responsibility to maintain their property so that it is safe for customers, visitors, and employees. If a property is unsafe, defective, or dangerous and someone is injured, a property owner can be liable for damages under the theory of premises liability. An experienced supermarket accident lawyer will help you determine if injuries you sustained in a supermarket accident might entitle you to compensation.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a supermarket accident, our team can help you get the highest compensation. In the following sections, you’ll find answers to common questions about supermarket accidents that may help you get a better understanding of your rights and options.

Do I need to hire a supermarket accident lawyer?

The job of the insurance company is to pay out as little as possible and close the claim as quickly as possible. If you choose to go up against a property owner’s insurance company alone, you will likely lose out on the compensation you deserve. If you’ve suffered serious injuries that have affected your quality of life or your ability to work, you deserve to get the highest compensation to help you recover from your accident.

When you need a supermarket accident lawyer on your side, contact Ariel Law Group. We offer free consultations to help you better understand your options and answer questions you may have. 

What are some examples of supermarket accidents?

  • Slip and fall caused by a wet floor
  • Objects falling onto a customer from a high shelf, or a shelf falling on a customer
  • Accidents that occur in the parking lot such as shopping cart injuries, assaults by other shoppers, or being struck by a vehicle
  • Injuries caused by damaged shopping carts
  • Tripping and falling due to missing or improperly positioned floor mats
  • Sickness caused by spoiled or tainted food
  • Injuries caused by defective entrance and exit doors
  • Injuries caused by aisle obstructions
  • Tripping and falling due to cracked or uneven flooring or pavement

What should I do after a supermarket accident?

If you’re injured in a supermarket accident, the first thing you should do is take care of yourself. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you’ve taken care of your injuries and health, you can do the following.

  • File a report with the property owner or store manager.
  • Take photos of the area where the fall occurred and anything that contributed to the fall.
  • Get contact information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses from witnesses who saw your accident.
  • Get the name and job title of any employee you speak to.
  • Document the facts of the accident as soon as possible to avoid forgetting any important details.
  • If there are cameras in the store, take photos of them and request footage of your slip and fall. If you have hired a slip and fall accident lawyer, they will be able to request this footage for you.
  • Do not talk to any insurance company representatives or representatives of the business. In addition to this, do not allow yourself to be recorded. There is no law that states that you are required to allow an insurance adjuster to record you.
  • Do not minimize your injuries or make excuses for the incident. This may be used against you and can affect your settlement amount.
  • Keep all evidence, medical records, and other important documents related to your case in a safe and secure place.

Finally, contact a supermarket accident lawyer. At Ariel Law Group, we offer free consultations to help you better understand your options and answer questions you may have. With more than 30 years of experience, we’re the aggressive team you want on your side.

Can I sue if I’m injured in a supermarket accident?

To sue for a supermarket accident, you are required to prove liability for your accident. You must prove that the property owner, lessee, or person in control of the property was aware that there was a dangerous or hazardous condition in the building and did not attempt to fix it. If this is the case, they are legally responsible for your accident and injury. Examples of dangerous or hazardous conditions include the following.

  • A spill on the floor
  • Exposed cords running across a floor where employees or customers are walking
  • Broken or uneven flooring
  • Broken stairs
  • Broken or missing stairwell railings

Are supermarket accident cases difficult to prove?

In some cases, they can be. Although property owners have a responsibility to keep the area safe, anyone who visits a supermarket is expected to be aware of their surroundings and avoid dangerous or hazardous areas. In many cases, property owners will argue that the victim of the accident is at least partially to blame. Some common arguments used include:

  • The plaintiff being distracted
  • The plaintiff entered an area that was off-limits
  • If the plaintiff slipped on spilled liquid, the property owner may claim that it had just happened and hadn’t been on the floor long enough for an employee to see it and clean it up
  • The plaintiff’s footwear caused their accident, such as high heels or flip flops.

All of these defenses have been successfully used to place the blame on the plaintiff. This is why it’s important to get contact information for witnesses after the accident as well as video footage of the incident. This is also why it’s important to hire an experienced supermarket accident lawyer. It can be an uphill battle to prove liability in a case like this, but with an experienced attorney on your side, you’ll have the help you need to get the compensation you deserve.

What type of compensation am I entitled to after a supermarket accident?

If you are involved in a  supermarket accident, the compensation you are entitled to will be influenced by a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the following.

  • Past, present, and future medical bills related to injuries sustained in the accident. This includes:
    • Hospital bills
    • Ambulance bills
    • Physical therapy
    • Consultations with specialists
    • In-home care services
  • Past and future lost wages resulting from the accident.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses caused by expenses resulting from the accident.
  • Pain and suffering resulting from physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. 
  • Punitive damages if the accident was the result of malicious or willful actions.
  • Wrongful death damages if a close relative dies resulting from a supermarket accident.

What you are entitled to may not yet be clear to you, but an experienced supermarket accident lawyer will analyze your case to determine the damages you are entitled to. 

What is the average settlement amount in a supermarket accident case?

The amount of your settlement will depend on a variety of factors. In addition to this, California is a comparative negligence state, which means that if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, your settlement amount will be affected. Other factors that can affect your settlement amount include the following.

  • The extent of the victim’s injuries
  • The victim’s age and status of their health prior to the fall
  • How the victim’s injuries impacted their quality of life
  • How the accident impacted the victim’s ability to work

An experienced supermarket accident lawyer will analyze your case to determine the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Experienced Supermarket Accident Lawyer Willing to Fight For You

When you’re in need of a supermarket accident lawyer, Ariel Law Group is the team you want on your side. Our team of experienced attorneys has handled many cases in California involving premises liability. We have helped people in many different situations recover compensation to pay for medical expenses, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and more.

Individuals harmed by the negligence of others deserve justice. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we will fight to get you the money you need and deserve.

Contact us to Schedule a Free Consultation

Have you or a loved one been injured in a supermarket accident? One of our experienced premises liability lawyers at Ariel Law Group can help determine where liability lies and discuss what compensation might be available for your injuries. Our attorneys and staff speak English and Spanish for your convenience.

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