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What Should I do After a Fall Accident at the Grocery Store?

If you were asked to make a list of high-risk activities, it’s unlikely that a trip to the grocery store would rank high on the list. Yet slip and fall accidents frequently occur, and though they may seem innocuous, they can actually cause significant — and even fatal — injuries.

The majority of fall accidents are a result of liquids that have dripped or spilled onto the floor, though they can also be caused by debris, poor lighting, or loose carpeting or mats on the floor. Whatever the cause, it is important that you know what you need to do if you or someone you love has been injured after falling at a grocery store.

The first and most important thing to do if you’ve suffered a fall accident is to seek medical attention. Though your fall may have embarrassed you and you may be tempted to simply brush yourself off and leave, it’s important that your first focus is on your health. If you hit your head or are experiencing pain, ask whoever is in your immediate vicinity to call 9-1-1 so that you can receive the appropriate professional care. If you are able to get up without causing yourself pain, you still should seek medical help within the next few hours, especially because many serious injuries are not immediately apparent.

Definitely make sure that a responsible member of the grocery store’s management or ownership is aware of your accident, whether you need emergency transport/treatment or not, and that you have their contact information so that you can follow up. Do not tell them that you are okay or agree to sign anything – doing so can lead to giving up your right to pursue compensation for your injuries should you need it.

Most grocery stores are busy throughout the day, and that means there should be witnesses to what happened to you. Take the time to gather contact information for people who came to your aid, especially if they can attest to the presence of liquid or debris on the floor. These witnesses can be other shoppers or staff members.

If it turns out that you need medical attention and have suffered significant injuries, having gathered all of this information will help you to get the compensation that you deserve. Make sure that you keep track of any medical visits, as well as related expenditures (including lost wages) that you have incurred.

For more information on the damages you may be entitled to in case of a fall accident, contact our office today to set up a time for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.