Unfortunately, everyday activities are more dangerous than you may realize. For example, simply browsing the aisles of your local grocery store can lead to life-altering injuries. Read on to learn more about supermarket accidents and what to do if an injury occurs.

How do Supermarket Accidents Occur?

There are countless ways for an accident to happen in a supermarket, but the majority of accidents are due to:

  • Broken or defective grocery carts
  • Improperly positioned floor mats
  • Freshly mopped floors without proper hazard warning signs
  • Unstable displays
  • Inadequate security
  • Potholes in supermarket parking lots
  • Falling debris and falling items from the shelves
  • Tainted or spoiled food
  • Slippery entrances and exits 
  • Poor pavement and walkway conditions
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Aisle obstructions 
  • Water spilled on the restroom floor

What do I do if I am Injured in a Supermarket?

If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred. In order to do this, you should notify the supermarket manager right away. This will allow the manager to file an accident report, and it will ensure that it doesn’t come as a shock if you decide to take legal action. You should also call 911 and request an ambulance. This is important to do, even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured. It is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it or an injury that does not develop symptoms for days or even weeks. While waiting for the ambulance, be sure to take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. If anyone saw the accident occur, ask for their name and contact information, as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Before you leave the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. This can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. You should be sure to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, such as police reports, security camera footage, and more.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.