You may not think a trip to the supermarket is hazardous but there are many opportunities for unwary shoppers to slip, trip, or fall and the danger of suffering a supermarket accident in New York increases when the weather turns rainy and snowy.
The added burden of cleaning up wet, slippery messes left by Mother Nature, along with spills and vegetable debris left in the aisles often gets put off. That means routine tasks like cleaning up slip and fall hazards like produce from the floor and mopping up leaks and spills are simply ignored. That means the risk of hazards causing customers to slip and fall increases as well.
Most slip and fall accidents actually result in rearward falls (falls in which the victim’s feet slide forward while their torso and head fall backward). Just imagine slipping on a wet floor, a grape or piece of lettuce or liquid that spilled from a broken container.
Such injuries can leave victims in pain, unable to work, and potentially laid up for an extended period of time. According to Healthline, even a simple strain can take three to six weeks to fully heal.
Victims of supermarket accidents in New York City can hold the supermarket liable for their injuries. Supermarkets are obligated to keep their premises reasonably safe. That includes cleaning up spills in a timely fashion, blocking off areas that are potentially dangerous (such as in front of leaks and spills), posting warnings like wet floor cones or stationing an employee to warn customers away, if necessary.
If they fail to do so, the supermarket may be liable for any injuries or losses that the victim may suffer which includes compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and out of pocket expenses.
If you or a loved one has fallen in a supermarket or department store, you should consult with an experienced supermarket accident attorney in New York immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to get the legal help you need.