From freshly mopped or polished floors to spilled food products or drinks and even water tracked in from outside on a rainy day, all of these can cause you to slip and fall at a grocery store. Although thousands of people have these types of accidents each year across Tennessee and the rest of the United States, few victims realize that they can sue for injuries that they suffer at grocery stores.
While many grocery stores are quick to send over a staff person to clean up a spill in an aisle in the store, they often don’t have the same sense of urgency when it comes to having someone bring in a ladder to change a light bulb. When lighting is poor, multiple individuals may lose their footing because they don’t see a hazard as they come upon it.
It’s common for slip-and-fall incidents to happen outside of the store. They often happen on cracked or icy pavement due to poor lighting or maintenance.
No matter whether we’re talking about the inside or outside of the store, the onus falls on the grocery store’s ownership to keep its premises free of potentially unsafe conditions.
It’s not necessary for you to have purchased any items from that establishment to be considered a customer and be eligible to sue. You can file a lawsuit accusing a retailer of negligence simply on the grounds that you were anticipating visiting their store.
If you get hurt at a Knoxville grocery store and decide not to seek out treatment at the hospital, that’s okay. You can still file suit in Tennessee. Your attorney will just use the medical records from your general physician showing how you didn’t have certain health complaints until after your grocery store incident occurred.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from slips and falls include broken bones and back, hip, spinal and other catastrophic injuries. An attorney can go over with you what the responsibilities of property owners are and what legal options you have available to you in your case.