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What Should You Do if You Slip and fall in a Grocery or Retail Store?
You hear all the time about people slipping and falling at grocery stores. It’s a relatively common occurrence. You may have even seen videos on TV or YouTube or heard about the results of a case but you never really hear about what to do if you get hurt at one.
If it happens to you:
Always Focus on Your Health First
Dallas grocery store accidents can cause a number of troubling injuries. Sometimes the injuries are readily apparent such as a fractured or broken bone. Many times they can lead to tears such as a torn rotator cuff or torn meniscus.
It is also common for people to have their head strike the ground leading to a concussion or more troubling traumatic brain injury.
Other times you may think you’ve only suffered a sprain or bruising and that you’ll be fine in a few days.
…But that doesn’t always happen.
The truth is you don’t always know exactly what type of injuries you sustained in the moments following a Dallas grocery store accident.
Your first inclination will likely be to feel ashamed and embarrassed. You may want to get up, brush it off, and pretend you’re just fine because you’re embarrassed.
Don’t feel rushed to get to your feet as doing so can often lead to further injuries. Don’t minimize the trauma the fall caused you.
Stay down and as still as possible until you get your wits about you. If you think you broke a bone or tore a muscle you shouldn’t move until medical personnel arrives on-site or you might make your injuries worse.
Attempt to move only as soon as you’re confident you can safely do so. If your injuries seem severe, simply hold still and let others help you. Tell them not to move you and to call emergency help if you think your injuries are serious.
Make Your Report to the Store Manager
You want the on-duty manager to observe the scene of your accident as soon as possible. Ask an employee or nearby customer to help you contact one.
Grocery stores require managers to document the Slip and fall accident. They’ll write their version of what happened. They may ask that you provide a written statement of what transpired.
Try to get a copy from the manager. If you can’t get one, don’t worry. Your personal injury attorney can secure a copy at a later time if necessary.
Document Your Grocery or Retail Store Accident
Smartphones come in amazingly handy for grocery store accident claims. You should gather thorough evidence if possible for you to safely do so.
To win your legal claim it is likely you will eventually need to demonstrate that the store had actual or constructive knowledge of a dangerous condition.
This means you should take lots of pictures of the accident scene. Shoot a video if you’re able. Get the name, address, and phone number of witnesses.
Try to get them to make a brief statement of anything they noticed. Also, try and write down the names of all store employees and managers you encounter.
Especially helpful evidence includes anything that shows the store had knowledge of the condition that led to your grocery store accident, yet they failed to do anything about it.
For example, another customer almost slipped and fell earlier. Or another employee saw the spill and walked past it.
Don’t hold back at all. You really can’t overdo it when collecting evidence. The worst that happens is you don’t use it in court.
Contact Our Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers to Begin the Legal Process
Attorneys for Personal injury in Dallas, TX don’t charge a fee for the initial consultation. So at worst, you’ll simply learn you don’t have a claim. However, you may learn you can recover financial damages for your injuries.
You only pay our Dallas attorneys if and when your grocery store accident case wins, so you have nothing to risk.
The legal process takes anywhere from months to years to complete. Most establishment accident cases settle out of court. At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, we have additional services to help you through. For example, our lawyers have relationships with medical professionals who delay billing until after you complete your Personal injury claim.
You should contact a lawyer right away if you were hurt at a grocery store in Dallas. We offer a free consultation and a discounted contingency fee. Call (214) 747-5240 now to discuss your potential case.
Can You Get An Accident Claim Settlement If You Slipped and Fell Because Water Was On The Floor?
Maybe. Your right to recover damages in a premises liability claim is influenced by several factors. First, you have to establish you had a legal right to be at the grocery store, your status will impact the duties owed to you.
Next, you have to establish the water on the floor constituted a dangerous condition. Third, if it was a dangerous condition you have to establish the grocery store (or one or more of its employees) knew of the water on the floor OR should have known of the water on the floor.
Finally, you will have to establish the slip and fall was the proximate cause of the injuries you sustained.
Remember: The grocery store will likely argue you that you were also responsible (comparatively negligent) for not avoiding the water, i.e. that the dangerous condition was open and obvious. You can still recover damages as long as you were not more than 50% responsible for the slip and fall. Your percentage of fault impacts your recovery.
How Can Our Dallas Grocery Store Slip and fall Lawyers Help?
We know premises liability claims. We’ve handled hundreds of them over the years. Mullen & Mullen can assist you in gathering the evidence needed for your case.
We have our own in-house Private investigator to interview potential witnesses to your slip and fall accident. He will attempt to locate potential witnesses, secure fact affidavits demonstrating actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition, and take photographs and video footage of the scene as well as any necessary surveillance footage of the store or its employees.
Contact our grocery store accident attorneys in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, or Fort Worth today to discuss the specifics of your claim and find out how our law firm with 39 years in business can help!
Call (214) 747-5240 now or use the quick contact form on this page to request a free consultation. There is never a fee for our legal services unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.