How to Prove Negligence After Falling on a Slippery Floor at the Supermarket
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of accidents, especially amongst the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of three older adults falls each year. Falls can happen just about everywhere. However, one of the most common scenes where falls are most reported is a supermarket. There are many unsafe or hazardous situations that can result in a slip and fall accident at a market. For example, a spilled drink, fallen items off the shelves, or dirty floors.
If you or someone you know slipped, tripped or fell at a grocery store, you should consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney to help you analyze the facts of your situation and determine whether you a valid claim.
Types of Slip and Fall Cases In Markets
A business can be open to liability in a slip and fall case if it can be proven in court that the accident happened as a result of unsafe or hazardous store conditions. The types of slip and fall accidents where the owner can be liable may include:
- A slip and fall on ice or snow in the parking lot of the store
- A floor mat at the door that causes you to slip and fall
- Poor lighting can cause poor visibility
- A spilled drink on the floor could cause an accident
Proving Your Case
Regardless of the exact cause of your slip and fall, the store may be legally liable for your accident. The key is for your personal injury attorney to prove that the supermarket had reasonable notice of the unsafe environment, and failed to address it. Further, you must prove that the alleged unsafe condition was not necessarily obvious. For example, you may not win a lawsuit where you tripped over a large display of products in the middle of an aisle. In that case, the display was so obvious that most reasonable people would have seen and avoided it.
So, you must exercise reasonable caution to protect yourself in the supermarket. A business cannot be held responsible in every case. The key question is whether a ‘reasonably careful’ customer would have noticed the unsafe condition and could have avoided it. If so, the store owner may escape liability.
One of the best ways to prove a slip and fall claim is to document evidence of your injuries. Doctors’ reports, photographs, and other firm evidence can help prove the owner’s liability, as well as prove the extent of your injuries.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles
If you slipped and fell in a supermarket, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Please contact a Los Angeles attorney to learn about your rights. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.