We all need to visit stores to get basic supplies and necessities. Therefore, when we visit a store, whether it’s a small shop or a big-box store, we’ll expect that we’ll be safe during our visit.
Those who are injured after a slip-and-fall injury in a supermarket are often shocked that such unsafe conditions were present, especially when they were a customer at a large and reputable company. If you or a loved one has suffered a slip-and-fall injury at a store, it is important that action is taken to claim back damages. To do this successfully, you will need to show that negligence took place.
What is negligence?
If you are legally on a premises such as a supermarket, the owner of the premises has a duty to keep you reasonably safe. This means that there should not be hazards present that could cause an injury. If there were hazards present on a premises and the premises owner did not take reasonable action to address the issue, knowing that people could become injured as a result, they will have acted negligently. If a person injures themselves due to another party’s negligence, legal action can be taken.
What are some examples of negligence as it relates to a slip-and-fall incident?
Let’s say, for example, that a glass fell off a shelf at a store and smashed, leaving glass on the floor. It’s probably not the premises owner’s fault that the glass smashed, but it is their responsibility to take reasonable action to ensure safety. That could mean that they cordon off the walkway until all glass is cleaned up. If a store worker sees the broken glass but does not take action before a person is injured, this is most likely negligent behavior.
Negligence is commonly the cause of slip-and-fall accidents at big-box stores. Make sure that you take action after an injury to gain the damages that you deserve.