Going to the grocery store is a normal part of your life, and it is highly likely that you have never experienced a difficult or dangerous experience while getting your shopping done. Unfortunately, that does not eliminate the possibility for these dangers to exist.
Certain hazards exist at the grocery store, just as they exist in any building. And if you run into these hazards, you can easily end up in a difficult or dangerous situation.
Potential sources of hazards
Forbes takes a look at some of the most common hazards for indoor and outdoor spaces. Likewise, you can run into harmful dangers both inside a grocery store and in the outer areas like the parking lot. Many have to do with the safety of the floor itself and any potential slipping or tripping hazards you may run into.
Potential examples of these hazards include:
- Loose or broken shelves
- Uneven flooring or carpeting
- Shopping carts with defects
- Falling objects
- Liquids or wet substances spilled on the floor
- Icy or slippery sidewalks in winter weather
An owner’s duty
The owners of the grocery store hold a duty to exercise reasonable care regarding the safety of their customers and those who enter and use their property. This protection covers individuals from the moment they set foot on the property until they leave again. If the owner of the store breached this duty and it led to your accident, you can sue them for negligence. Breach of duties may include failing to inspect the store’s premise, failing to maintain it or make proper repairs, and failure to train the staff properly.
Consider contacting legal help if pursuing financial compensation is the correct option for you.