Lesson: Publix Slip and Fall Accidents and How to Handle Them
Although Publix is ordinarily a careful and safe grocery store, no store or worker is perfect, and personal injuries transpire. In case that you were injured on the property of Publix, you may have a claim for settlement for your personal injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Publix possesses a duty to its consumers to keep its premises safe. If Publix knew or should have known of a dangerous problem and did not take the effective steps to fix the issue or warn you of the risk, you may have a case.
Many of the claims against Publix are from slip and falls. And, usually, it is water on the flooring that leads to the fall. Slipping on the hard concrete floorings at Publix virtually always causes a harmful injury. A number of our clients have broken a wrist, injured a knee or back, and even had a hamstring injury when their legs go out from underneath them.
Procedures to Take Following an Incident in a Publix Grocery Store
Sources of water on the flooring can result from just about anywhere. If you have been in a slip and fall at Publix, you must do your best to determine where the water originated from. Was a cooler seeping onto the flooring? Did an individual drop ice and it melted? Was the entryway or exit wet from the rainfall that was tracked into the grocery store from shoppers or from grocery carts? Whatever you can discover the source will help your lawyers determine the most suitable level of fault against Publix.
I spoke of in the above about water build up from rainfall at the entrance or exits. I have also witnessed some customers leave soaked umbrellas that drip water onto the flooring in this particular same area. There are carpeted mats at the entrance to every store for the goal of getting rid of water. But, the mats are not perfect and the water still gets tracked into the concrete floor. The mats do little for actually drying out the water off of shoes. It is this area of the establishment where we see many of the slip and falls. If Publix has not taken steps to wipe or mop down the area or post warning signs, then you will very likely have a claim. I just recently had a case where the security guard was standing in the entryway only feet away from a wet floor. He took no steps to caution anyone that water was accumulating from rainfall being tracked inside. As my client went into the store, he/she slipped and fell right before the guard. Of course, Publix accepted responsibility for its failure to act and keep the area completely dry.
Coming after a slip and fall, it is very important to tell the supervisor about the accident even when you are not in serious pain. Do not be embarrassed to simply file the report. The majority of people do not recognize the severity of the injury until later on in the day or the next morning. It is also essential to recognize that there are cameras all throughout the store, so the slip and fall will certainly be captured on the footage.
Finally, it is very important to safeguard the shoes you were wearing at that time. Being in Florida, many of my clients were wearing flip-flops when they fell. Publix may ask us to preserve those shoes or flip-flops to determine whether the tread was worn down.
Publix risk management in Lakeland, FL will likely have an incident report and the video at the time you present your claim. The Publix risk management department will be sensible and attempt to resolve your claim without the filing of a lawsuit as long as you and your attorneys are not money grubbing. I have personally observed that Publix does care about their consumers and their credibility and reputation, so if you were injured in one of their stores, they will try to make things right.
My office has handled Publix slip and fall cases across the State of Florida. We help those who have been legitimately injured in accidents that should have been avoided by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and wish to go over your case in more detail contact a Publix Slip and Fall Attorney today.
St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas
5858 Central Ave suite a
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
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