Grocery Stores Are Common Sites Of Injury Accidents
Grocery shopping may seem like the most harmless activity you can think of, but it isn’t. In fact, thousands of Americans get injured while shopping at grocery stores, including but not limited to Walmart and Target, in accidents ranging from slip-and-fall accidents to food poisoning caused by spoiled or otherwise dangerous foods sold at grocery stores.
People in the United States go to a grocery store up to two times per week and average 40 minutes of shopping. This means that Americans spend up to 70 hours at grocery stores per year.
With millions of Americans grocery shopping each day, injuries are bound to happen. What many shoppers do not realize is that in many cases, grocery stores can be held liable for accidents that occur on their property. And our Kansas City grocery store accident attorney from Mayer & Associates, P.C. is going to explain how you may be entitled to compensation for getting injured at a grocery store.
A Grocery Store May Be Liable For Your Injury
However, grocery stores and supermarkets are not liable for their customers’ injuries 100% of the time. In Missouri, you can file a premises liability lawsuit against the owner of a grocery store as long as you have evidence to prove that the owner and/or his or her employees failed to take reasonable measures to ensure a safe environment for customers.
Our experienced grocery store accident attorney in Kansas City explains that generally, injured customers may be entitled to compensation when the owner of the grocery store and/or his/her employees:
- Fail to remedy a hazardous condition on the property when they knew or should have known about the condition
- Fail to warn customers of hidden or nonobvious hazards on the property
In other words, grocery stores in Kansas City and all across Missouri have a legal duty to take all reasonable steps to protect their customers and visitors from preventable injuries and harm.
More often than not, grocery stores and their lawyers will attempt to escape liability by arguing that workers of the grocery store could not be reasonably expected to prevent the customer’s injury. This defense can easily be broken down by an experienced premises liability lawyer who can prove that the dangerous condition existed for an unreasonably long period of time prior to the accident.
Causes Of Grocery Store Accidents In Missouri
While slippery and wet floors at grocery stores are arguably the most common cause of grocery store accidents and injuries, they are not the only culprits there. Other common causes of injuries at grocery stores include:
- Faulty grocery carts
- Malfunctioning dangerous entrance and exit doors
- Merchandise and other objects falling from shelves
- Objects and other obstacles on the floor creating trip-and-fall hazards
- Inadequate security or lighting
- Selling spoiled, expired, recalled or otherwise dangerous foods and drinks
- Cracked, uneven, loose or otherwise hazardous pavement and flooring in and outside the grocery store
- Poorly maintained elevators and escalators
Let Us Review The Facts Of Your Case
Regardless of the cause of your injury at a grocery store, do not hesitate to speak with the premises liability attorney at Mayer & Associates, P.C.. We can review the facts of your case during a free consultation and recommend a course of action. Call 816-692-2877 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.