Supermarket Slip and Fall Attorney in Boston
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in a supermarket, the premises liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman in Boston can help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Our supermarket slip and fall lawyers have the skills and experience to handle falls in grocery store injury claims. We have successfully handled slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident against some of the largest supermarkets in the greater Boston area and throughout Massachusetts.
Grocery store owners are responsible for injuries that occur on their property as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition. Don’t pay the price for someone else’s negligence.
Our law firm has helped hundreds of store injury victims, and we can help you, too. Our lawyers are available to evaluate your claim and answer your questions. All consultations are free and confidential. We work on a contingent fee basis which means there is never a fee or cost to you unless we recover money.
Our skilled and aggressive attorneys know what it takes to win slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall and all other types of premises liability claims. Regardless of whether your fall occurred at a specialty store, a large supermarket chain like Wegmans or Trader Joe’s, or a big box store like Costco or Walmart, our attorneys can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
If you’ve been injured in a grocery store accident, you don’t have time to waste. It’s important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to increase your likelihood of a successful result.Steps to Take if You’ve Been Injured in a Slip or Fall at a Grocery Store
If you’ve suffered injuries from a slip, trip or fall at a grocery store, you should try to gather as much evidence as possible at the scene. Use your cellphone to take pictures of the object, substance or other dangerous condition that caused your injury. If you tripped over an item in the middle of an aisle or slipped on liquid that leaked from a container, the hazardous condition will be removed soon after your accident, and you won’t be able to document it at a later date.
If anyone saw the accident, ask for their contact information. You might need eyewitnesses later down the line.
Speak to the store manager and report what happened.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if your injuries don’t seem serious. You might not know the severity of your injuries until well after the accident. Medical documentation is crucial to substantiating your claim.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in a timely manner. These cases have time limitations. An attorney will help you meet all deadlines and make sure you don’t lose out on your opportunity to recover for your injuries.We can Help You Prove Your Slip-and-Fall Claim
Proving a slip-and-fall claim can be difficult. It’s likely that the grocery store will deny liability and the store’s insurance carrier will offer much less than you’re entitled to, if the insurer makes any settlement offer at all.
Luckily, evidence gathering in a grocery store setting is easier than in some other locations. If you fall in a grocery store, it’s likely that other shoppers or store employees saw what happened. These eyewitnesses can provide testimony if needed.
In addition, many grocery stores have security cameras both inside and outside their buildings. Footage from security cameras can help document your version of how the accident happened and how the store acted in a negligent manner.
Security footage can be used to show that the store had knowledge of the hazard but failed to take reasonable steps to eliminate the danger. For example, footage of store employees causing or walking past a spill without cleaning it up could be used to show that the store had knowledge of the danger and is liable for your injuries.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman will perform a thorough investigation of your accident and work to build a case against the grocery store. We know what it takes to win these cases.
Our law firm isn’t afraid to go up against big supermarket chains and their insurers. We won’t rest until you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.How do I Know if a Grocery Store is Liable for my Fall Accident?
A fall accident is a type of personal injury case that comes under the umbrella of premises liability. In a premises liability case, a person’s injuries are caused by an unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property.
Grocery store owners have a duty to maintain their stores in a safe condition and ensure a safe shopping experience for customers. Most grocery store accidents are caused by objects or liquids on the floor. Liquid from leaking containers, objects in the middle of aisles and buckled floor mats all present slip and trip hazards to customers.
Most grocery stores have safety policies. For example, stores should have policies in place to make sure aisles and walkways are kept clear and free of debris and should train employees on how to properly clean up spills. Many falls are caused by store owners, managers or employees ignoring these safety rules.
In order to recover compensation for your injuries, you must be able to prove negligence. To do so, you must show that:
- The store knew or should have known that there was an unsafe condition on its property.
- The store failed to correct the dangerous condition or warn shoppers about its existence.
- The store’s failure to correct the dangerous condition or warn about its existence was the cause of your injury.
- You were injured because of the store’s negligence in failing to correct or remove the hazardous condition.
Most times, fall claims will be settled by the grocery store’s insurance carrier.
While you can pursue an insurance claim against the grocer’s insurer on your own, injury victims represented by counsel tend to receive larger settlements. Representation by an attorney dramatically increases your chance of a favorable outcome.
We will handle all calls, paperwork and negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf. Our goal is to remove the hassles that come with dealing with an insurance claim and provide you with peace of mind in this stressful time.
Insurers are notorious for being more concerned with their own bottom lines than the health and well-being of accident victims. An attorney will look out for your best interests and negotiate a settlement that fully and fairly compensates you for your injuries.
If the insurer denies your claim or offers a low settlement arguing that your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim or that your injuries weren’t caused by your fall accident, our attorneys will be able to advise you on the next steps to take. An attorney will also make sure that the insurer treats you in accordance with all applicable legal requirements and doesn’t try to delay or dodge payment.Common Causes of Grocery Store Injuries
Fall accidents can happen anywhere, especially in grocery stores. An item that spills or falls on the floor can cause a slipping or tripping hazard.
Here’s a list of some common grocery store hazards:
- Wet floors
- Poorly maintained floors
- Dangerous displays
- Leaking items, refrigerators or freezers
- Heavy products located on higher shelves
- Misplaced carts, pallets or shopping baskets
- Falling objects
- Dangerous or poorly maintained parking lots
- Damaged or cracked walkways
- Unplowed or snow- and ice-covered parking lots
If the accident occurs on the store owner’s property, the store can be held liable. In most situations, this extends to areas outside the store, including the cart area, parking lots, sidewalks and walkways.Common Types of Fall Injuries
Fall accidents can cause serious injuries with long-lasting effects. Supermarket floors are hard and unforgiving. Back injuries, knee injuries and other joint injuries can result in months or even years of costly physical therapy and ongoing pain.
Here’s a list of some injuries that often result from slip and falls:
- Broken bones
- Sprains, including ankle and wrist sprains
- Knee injuries
- Muscle strains
- Joint dislocations, including shoulder dislocations
- Back injuries
- Spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and bruises
It’s important to note that older adults are especially vulnerable when it comes to fall accidents. Oftentimes, a senior who suffers a slip or fall will most likely face a longer recovery time than a younger person.
To learn more about how our personal injury attorneys can help you with your fall claim, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form.