The grocery store is a location that you visit on a regular basis out of necessity – after all, you need to eat. And while you may expect that the grocery store is a reasonably safe property, this may not be the case. Indeed, numerous hazards exist within a grocery store and, sometimes, an uncorrected hazard can lead to a serious slip and fall accident. If you’ve been in a grocery store slip and fall accident, consider the following information about slip and fall causes and liability, as well as how our Boston personal injury lawyer can help–

Causes of Grocery Store Slip and Fall Accidents

While a slip and fall can be caused by numerous hazards, including customers pushing and shoving one another, some of the top causes of grocery store slip and falls are:

  • Spills of foods and beverages;
  • Items falling from shelves;
  • Items in walkways; 
  • Poorly-maintained walking areas, such as uneven walking surfaces or depressions in walking areas; and 
  • Parking lot ice and snow. 

Can You Hold a Grocery Store Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?

If you slip and fall in a grocery store, whether you decide to bring a claim against the grocery store will probably be based on a couple of different things, including the severity of your injuries and the cause of your accident. If you have suffered medical bills, lost wages, and any economic losses as a result of the accident, such as pain and suffering, then pursuing compensation is probably within your best interests. However, in order to win a claim against a grocery store, you’ll need to be able to prove that the store breached its duty of care to you.

Grocery stores have a duty to maintain the premises–both inside and out–in a reasonably safe condition. Further, if a hazard does exist–for example, if a customer spills a gallon of milk within the store–the grocery store has a duty to remedy the hazard (clean up the milk) within a reasonable amount of time. If an unreasonable hazard exists, the grocery store fails to remedy the hazard, and the hazard leads to customer harm, the grocery store can be held liable for damages. (Note that a grocery store can be held vicariously liable for the actions of its employees via the theory of respondeat superior.)

Working with an Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer

While shopping-related injuries may be fairly common, that doesn’t mean that they’re excusable, or that you shouldn’t be compensated for the harm that you’ve suffered. If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident at a grocery store, call our experienced Boston premises liability and personal injury lawyers at the office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. We will start investigating your case immediately to gather evidence of liability and damages, and will provide you with aggressive representation throughout the claims process. Reach us today at (617) 973-9950 to schedule your free consultation.