Grocery shopping may seem like a mundane errand, but it can be more dangerous than you might expect. Supermarket accidents occur often and can result in serious injury. With so many liquids to spill, produce to slip on, and displays to topple over, accidents are bound to happen. If you have been injured in a supermarket accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on for more information regarding supermarket accidents in New Jersey.
How do Supermarket Accidents Occur?
When we go grocery shopping, we don’t usually think about all the different ways for an injury to occur. But, in reality, there are a lot of different things to look out for. Some of the most common causes of accidents include:
- Slip and fall accidents due to spills in aisles or restrooms left unattended
- Unstable displays
- Defective automatic entrance and exit doors
- Loose produce or items falling from shelves
- Spoiled food left for unsuspecting customers to purchase or sample
- Trip and fall accidents, often due to poorly placed (or missing) floor mats
What Can I Recover Compensation For?
An injury can take a serious toll, financially, physically, and emotionally. As a result, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How Can I Recover Compensation?
If you are injured in a supermarket accident, there are a few important steps to take:
- Seek medical attention: you should go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. This will ensure that your injuries are cared for while simultaneously documenting the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents
- Document the scene: take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. Make sure to do this right away. For example, if you slipped on a spilled liquid, make sure to take a photo before it is cleaned up.
- Alert the manager. It is important that you notify the manager so he or she can file a report. If possible, obtain the manager’s name and a copy of the report.
- Gather the contact information of any bystanders. If anyone witnessed your accident occur, they may be able to provide witness testimonies later on.
- Make sure to follow the claim on time: in New Jersey, you will have two years to file your personal injury claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a supermarket accident, reach out to our firm to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.
CONTACT OUR FIRM
Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.