No one expects to suffer a serious injury when running their daily errands, but it happens more often than we think. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one million emergency room visits each year stem from slip and falls. Grocery stores are prime location for these types of accidents, as there are many hazards that pose a risk to customers.
Grocery store hazards may lead to slip and fall accidents
From the moment you step out of your parked vehicle in the store parking lot, you may observe a number of hazards that could cause a slip-and-fall accident. While outside, many customers are injured as a result of:
- Uncleared snow or ice in the parking lot or store entry way
- Uneven sidewalks or pavement in parking lot
- Poor outdoor lighting
Once you enter the store, there are even more hazards that may cause customers’ injury. Some of the most common hazards include:
- Broken shelving or heavy items placed on shelves
- Poorly situated displays
- Broken glass
- Fallen signs
- Wet, slippery floor (caused by food spills, mopping, roof leaks etc.)
- Uneven carpeting or tiling
What are some common slip and fall injuries?
As a result of these indoor and outdoor hazards, customers may suffer a variety of injuries, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to brain injuries. These injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Hip fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Contusions and cuts
- Dislocated shoulder
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident at the grocery store, you may have a legal claim against the store for damages. An attorney specializing in personal injury law can help you file your suit and prove that your injuries were caused as a result of the store’s negligence.