How to Handle an Injury That Occured at a Publix Grocery Store

Written by Posted On Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:39

Although Publix is ordinarily a thorough and safe food market, no store or team member is perfect, and accidents happen. On the occasion that you were hurt on the property of Publix, you may have a claim for compensation for your personal injuries, pain and suffering, and lost incomes.

Publix has a duty to its consumers to always keep its facilities safe. If Publix recognized or should have known of a hazardous condition and did not take the appropriate actions to fix the matter or alert you of the threat, you might have a case.

Most of the claims against Publix are from slip and falls. And, usually, it is water on the floor that leads to the fall. Slipping on the hard concrete floors at Publix essentially always causes a harmful injury. A lot of our clients have broken a wrist, injured a knee or back, and even had a hamstring injury when their legs go out from underneath them.

Steps to Take Adhering To an Accident in a Publix Grocery Store

Causes of water on the ground can come from practically anywhere. If you have been in a slip and fall at Publix, you need to do your very best to determine where the water came from. Was a cooler leaking onto the ground? Did someone drop ice and it melted? Was the entrance or exit slippery from the rainfall that was tracked into the supermarket from consumers or from grocery carts? Whatever you can discover the source will help your lawyers determine the suitable level of negligence against Publix.

I detailed in the above about water accumulate from rainfall at the entry or exits. I have also experienced some consumers leave behind soaked umbrellas that drip water onto the floor within this same area. There are carpeted floor coverings at the entry to every grocery store for the purpose of doing away with water. But, the mats are not perfect and the water still gets tracked into the cement floor. The floor coverings do little for actually drying out the water off of shoes. It is this area of the establishment where we see a lot of the slip and falls. If Publix has not taken actions to wipe or mop down the area or post caution signs, then you will very likely have a claim. I just recently had a case where the security guard was standing in the entrance only feet away from a wet floor. He took no actions to caution anyone that water was building up from rainfall being tracked inside. As my client entered the store, he/she slipped and fell right before the guard. Of course, Publix accepted accountability for its failure to act and keep the area completely dry.

Following a slip and fall, it is important to tell the supervisor about the occurrence even if you are not in serious pain. Do not be embarrassed to simply submit the report. Many people do not realize the severity of the injury until later in the day or the next morning. It is also essential to recognize that there are cameras all throughout the store, so the slip and fall will certainly be recorded on the video footage.

Finally, it is important to safeguard the shoes you were wearing during the time. Residing in Florida, many of my clients were wearing flip-flops when they fell. Publix may ask us to keep those shoes or flip-flops to determine whether the tread was deteriorated.

Publix risk management in Lakeland, FL will likely have an incident report and the video at the time you present your claim. The Publix risk management department will be rational and try to settle your claim without the filing of a lawsuit as long as you and your lawyers are not greedy. I have personally observed that Publix does care about their consumers and their reputation, so if you were hurt in some of their stores, they will try to make it right.

My office has handled Publix slip and fall cases across the State of Florida. We assist those who have been legitimately injured in mishaps that should have been prevented by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and wish to review your case in more detail contact a Publix Slip and Fall Attorney today.

St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas
5858 Central Ave suite a
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 381-2300

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