Some of the most common types of slip and fall accidents occur in grocery stores. These cases can be difficult to win, but with the right attorney, you can maximize your chances of recovery. In Nevada, grocery stores are held to a higher standard than a typical business owner to protect the public from slipping hazards because these accidents occur so often. For example, failure to clean up a spilled liquid or to place floor mats in the produce section of the store could result in liability.
The Federal Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and a number of other state and federal government agencies regulate supermarkets. To decrease injuries, supermarket insurance companies also closely monitor their stores’ safety features.
Even though supermarkets conduct frequent inspections to make sure all areas of the store (including the parking lot) are safe, injuries, ranging from mild to severe, still happen.
The most common causes of injuries in grocery stores include:
• 1 – Cuts from damaged grocery carts
• 2 – Improperly positioned or missing entrance and exit floor mats
• 3 – Slippery floors from leaks at produce and refrigerated sections
• 4 – Faulty entrance and exit doors
• 5 – Items falling from grocery store shelves
• 6 – Aisle obstructions from boxes, pallets, and food
• 7 – Cracked and uneven outside pavement (usually in the parking lot)
• 8 – Food poisoning from out-of-date products and rotten food
Duty of Care
In all 50 U.S. states, grocery stores are under what’s called “duty of care.” This means that they have a legal obligation to make their premises safe from any and all “reasonably forseeable” harm. For example, if an employee leaves some cleaning solution on the floor and a customer slips and gets injured, that is considered forseeable harm. But, if there is a tornado and a customer gets hurt while in the store, that’s unforseeable.
Whether locally or corporate-owned, when grocery store personnel fail to protect their customers, they’ve broken their duty of care to the customer and they become liable for the customer’s damages, including doctors bills, expenses for medicines, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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