Here in Plano, Texas, we have a wide variety of grocery stores to shop at including Market Street, Central Market, H Mart Plano, Trader Joe’s, CCCP Market, Whole Foods, Tom Thumb, Kroger, Fiesta Mart, 99 Ranch Market, and Sprouts. And if you’re like the average person, you hit one of your favorite grocery stores at least once a week if not more.
Considering how busy supermarkets can be, it’s understandable why shoppers are sometimes injured in slip and fall accidents and by falling merchandise when they’re shopping for food. After all, it’s typical for eggs to be dropped, for bananas to be mashed in the produce aisle, for refrigerators to leak, for glass jars to be dropped, for slippery soaps to spill, for people to track in water after a good rain, and for poorly-stocked merchandise to fall over at stores.
When a shopper is at the wrong place at the wrong time, he or she can sustain serious injuries at a grocery store, such as:
- Cuts from sharp carts
- Broken bones, such as broken hips and wrists from slips and falls
- Traumatic brain injuries from falls and falling merchandise
- Traumatic brain injuries, bruises, and broken bones from assaults
- Gunshot wounds or fatalities from robberies
- Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and fatalities from parking lot accidents
Can the Store Be Liable?
Claims against grocery stores or supermarkets fall under “premises liability law.” Essentially, grocery stores can be legally liable for the injuries their patrons sustain on their premises when the store was negligent in some way. While grocery stores are not liable for the injuries that occur on their properties 100% of the time, there are many situations where a store can be held liable for a shopper’s damages (financial losses).
If you were injured at a supermarket or in a grocery store parking lot, we’d have several questions for you, such as: Did the store know about the hazardous condition? Did the store have time to correct it? If the store didn’t know about it, did enough time pass that the store should have known about it? Who created the dangerous condition, a store employee or a shopper? Was the store negligent in some way?
If it is determined that the store’s negligence directly led to your injury, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the store for compensation. To explore your legal options, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for a consultation.