Grocery shopping is a common chore. Unfortunately, a life-altering accident can occur anywhere, at any time- including the supermarket. Read on to learn more about supermarket accidents in Maryland.
Common Causes of Supermarket Accidents
Often, supermarket accidents are a result of negligence. For example, if supermarket owners and employees fail to keep the premises maintained at all times, serious accidents can occur. The most common forms of negligence 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 to do in the event of an Injury
If you are injured in a supermarket accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. After an accident, be sure to:
- Notify the manager immediately so that he or she can file an accident report. If the manager did not know that an accident occurred, it may hurt your case. Be sure to write down the manager’s name and try to obtain a copy of their accident report.
- Document the scene. Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, be sure to obtain their contact information- they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention at either the emergency room, with your own doctor, or at an urgent care facility. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated. It will also provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can be a crucial aspect of a personal injury case, so ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation. But, in order to do so, you will have to adhere to the statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years may mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
If you have been injured in a supermarket accident, reach out to our firm to speak with a skilled and dedicated attorney.
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