Can I Sue a Grocery Store for a Slip, Trip or Fall?
If you are injured as a result of a slip, trip or fall in a grocery store, you might wonder if you are entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer, as your eligibility to make a claim depends on the circumstances. To find out for certain, it is best to speak to a slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible.
At John Mickelson Law Corporation, we can investigate your grocery store accident before advising whether or not you are in a position to make a claim.
Slips, trips and falls in grocery stores
Grocery stores have a number of potential hazards. Shoppers are at risk of slipping on wet floors, spillages and dropped food. Then there is also the danger of tripping over boxes that have yet to be stacked on shelves, items falling off shelves, slips in icy parking lots…and so the list goes on.
But the question remains – if you are injured while visiting a grocery store, is there anything you can do about it?
Can I sue a grocery store?
The answer really depends on whether or not the grocery store took reasonable steps to ensure your safety. This does not mean that a grocery store has to eliminate every single risk. Rather, it must have systems in place that protect the health and safety of visitors as best as possible. The grocery store must also make sure that their staff comply with these systems.
For example, imagine a glass bottle is knocked over, causing it to smash and spill liquid across the floor. In this scenario, the grocery store must have a system in place to ensure that –
- The spillage is identified as quickly as possible
- The spillage is cleared away as quickly as possible
- Visitors are properly warned of the spillage and the risk of slipping
- This warning remains in place until the area is safe once again
If a grocery store takes reasonable precautions such as those listed above but someone is injured anyway, there will not be grounds for a personal injury claim. On the other hand, if a grocery store fails to take the necessary steps to safeguard the health and safety of any visitors to the premises, it will be to blame for any accidents that arise.
Slip and fall lawyer
This means that if you want to sue a grocery store, you must be certain that it is legally considered ‘at fault’ for your accident. It can be difficult to know when this does and does not apply.
That is why it is best to speak to a slip and fall lawyer shortly after your accident, A slip and fall lawyer from our team can investigate the circumstances of your accident before advising whether you are entitled to compensation.
Contact us now
If you have been injured in a grocery store accident and want to speak to a slip and fall lawyer about your options, please contact us now at John Mickelson Law Corporation. Either fill in the free online enquiry form or call us on 604 684 0040.Go back to Blog