Even though you may love the convenience of delivery apps, there is no substitute for walking through the grocery store and picking out the perfect items. This may be especially true if you have dietary restrictions or food allergies.
The grocery store’s owner and its employees have a legal duty to provide you with a reasonably safe place for you to shop. Regrettably, slip-and-fall accidents are alarmingly common in grocery stores, with customers often suffering catastrophic injuries. Here are three slip-and-fall hazards you may find.
1. Rain, snow and ice in the entry vestibule
As autumn quickly turns to winter, snow and sleet are on the horizon. Grocery store employees should keep outdoor sidewalks and walkways as clear as possible. Nevertheless, if customers track moisture into the store, you may slip and fall in the entry vestibule. To minimize this risk, employees may use rugs or post warning signs.
2. Produce misters
Produce misters not only make fruits and vegetables look inviting, but they also increase product weight. This allows the grocery store to charge more for the products you buy. Still, if a mister malfunctions, it may spray water onto an already slick tile or polished concrete floor.
3. Fallen items
While grocery store employees usually work overnight to stock shelves, you may encounter stockers at any time of day. If a stocker overloads a shelf, perches products precariously or sets up displays in aisles, you may trip on fallen items below your feet.
Ultimately, if you suffer a serious injury in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be able to pursue financial compensation by showing the store’s owner or employees breached the duty to provide you with a safe shopping experience.