If you are injured in a supermarket accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about supermarket accidents in Pennsylvania.
How do Supermarket Accidents Occur?
Supermarket accidents are rather common and can result in serious injuries. The majority of accidents are due to:
- Spills in aisles or restrooms causing slip and falls
- Debris/broken glass in aisles from broken jars, etc.
- Poorly placed floor mats
- Unsafe grocery store parking lots
- Spoiled food
- Merchandise falling from shelves and onto unsuspecting customers
Recovering Compensation After a Supermarket Accident
Supermarket owners and employees are responsible for keeping the premises maintained at all times to ensure the safety of all shoppers. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to ensure that there are no hazards present. If these checks are not conducted, or the hazards are not fixed in time, shoppers can become seriously injured. If an injury occurs as a result of this negligence, the injured individual may be able to take legal action.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you wish to take legal action for a supermarket accident, you will have to provide proof that your accident occurred due to negligence. You can do this by notifying the manager immediately after your accident. You should then call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more. If possible, you should take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. If anyone saw the accident occur, ask for their contact information, they may be able to corroborate your version of events or provide an important outside perspective. It is important to go to the hospital. Many people attempt to recover at home, but this can cause major issues. For example, it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, your injuries may not heal properly without the help of a doctor. Lastly, going to the doctor will provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal.
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