Supermarkets, just like any other business operation, can be liable for
company negligence, the negligence of an employee, and for injuries that
arise out of dangerous conditions on the premises. The latter is similar
to negligence, but falls under the
legal theories of premises liability.
Experienced Poughkeepsie slip and fall attorneys know that a supermarket can be liable when a guest slips and falls on
food left on the supermarket floor. Specifically, if a supermarket employee
created the hazard, or if the supermarket had knowledge of the hazard
and did not remediate the danger nor warn guests of the danger, the supermarket
can be liable when someone slips and falls on the food. Additionally,
if the store did not know, but should have known about the danger, the
store can also be liable for patron injuries.
While suits based upon falling on spilled food may be a stereotype of the
legal profession and can be mawkish to some outsiders, the type of accident
sincerely happens and the injuries there from are serious. Experienced
personal injury attorneys take all
slip and fall accidents and injuries seriously. This is especially so when the accident could
have and should have been prevented.
Indeed most accidents that happen due to food being left on supermarket
floors are wholly preventable. In fact, supermarkets have a duty to maintain
their building in such a manner so that preventable and foreseeable harm
does not come to visitors. Thepremises must be inspected and hazards must be cured. If a danger will persist, than customers must
be warned of the danger.
Supermarkets adhere to this duty when an employee immediately cleans up
spilled food, especially when the employee is the one who dropped the
food. Once the store has been made aware of the danger, the spilled food
must be cleaned up. This doesn’t mean that these spills must be
cleaned up as soon as the food hits the floor. The supermarket will be
given a reasonable amount of time to find out about the hazard and remediate
Slipping and falling on dropped food can lead to serious injuries such as sprains, fractures,
head trauma, just to name a few. You can receive compensation for these
injuries in a court of law.
Learn more about slip and fall accidents, liability, and how to protect
your rights in
our latest article available by clicking the link here. More specifically, learn about grocery store slip and falls in
our blog post available by clicking here. If you slip and fall on liquid on the floor at a grocery store,
read this post to learn about your rights by clicking here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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