Part of doing business anywhere in New York involves knowing governmental
regulations. And indeed, regulations do apply to grocery stores in regard
to keeping the premises safe for consumers.
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys have expert knowledge of
OSHA regulations. Of course, our attorneys also have expert knowledge of common
law and the duties that business owners owe to patrons.
In short, grocery store operators must keep their stores safe so that visitors
are not injured in foreseeable and preventable accidents. As you know,
slip and fall accidents are a large source of danger to grocery store
guests. Slippery floors can be caused by water leakage in the produce
department or at the seafood and refrigerated sections. Additionally,
the entrances and exits can be slippery from outside elements being tracked
into the store; elements such as rain water, snow, and ice.
You should also be aware that
slip and fall accidents occur outside as well. Remember, grocery store owners are also responsible
to keep you safe from foreseeable and preventable injury outside as well
as inside of the store.
You are probably wondering what wrong has the grocery store committed.
You know that the floor was slippery and you fell because of the wet condition,
but what is the specific wrongdoing. When a wet condition at a grocery
store has caused you injury, the grocery store has committed an act of
negligence. When you sue a grocery store for negligence, you are asking
for a court to compensate you for your injuries.
Injured grocery store patrons would have to prove that they were owed a
duty, that the store breached this duty, causation, and damages. Since
many accidents can happen, anywhere at any time, the store’s actions,
or failure to act, must have been the cause of your injury.
Grocery stores have to act when they have knowledge, actual or constructive,
that there is a dangerous condition somewhere on the premises. If the
store did have knowledge, but did nothing, then you could have a valid
claim for negligence if another similarly situated store owner in the
same circumstance would have remediated the dangerous condition.
While you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Poughkeepsie
if you have
slipped and fallen at a grocery store, there are some other things that you should do. First and foremost, immediately
notify store management that you have fallen and are injured. Get a copy
of the incident report and get medical attention. Also, take a mental
note of the people around you when you fell. These will be potential witnesses.
Take cell phone pictures, get the grocery store insurance information,
and then contact an attorney.
Learn more about slip and fall accidents, liability, and how to protect
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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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