Lawyer for Slip and Fall at ShopRite
Falls frequently happen at grocery stores. Spilled liquids, broken containers, and uneven flooring can easily cause shoppers to lose their balance and take a tumble. The resulting injuries can inflict devastating physical, emotional, and financial costs.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a fall at a ShopRite supermarket, you may have the right to demand compensation. The Levin Firm can help you evaluate your options. We have years of experience and an impressive track record of success in slip and fall injury claims.
About The Levin Firm
The Levin Firm takes slip and fall cases seriously. We are a personal injury law firm serving clients in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and South Florida. Our team has secured millions in compensation for injured clients.
Slip-and-fall cases against businesses like supermarkets constitute a core part of our law practice. We understand the devastation and disruption a fall-related injury can bring into your life. We aim to assist in your physical and emotional recovery by securing funds to help you pay your bills and plan for the future.
How Falls at Supermarkets Can Happen
Few people think of a supermarket as a potentially dangerous place to visit. But at The Levin Firm, we understand that hazards can hide in unlikely places. A quick trip to a grocery store can all too easily end in a fall that causes a severe injury. Here are some ways it can happen.
Many supermarket falls happen when shoppers slip on slick floors.
Numerous conditions can make a grocery market’s floors slippery, including:
- Rain, snow, sand, or gravel tracked in from outside by shoppers;
- Liquids or solids spilled from items that have fallen from shelves or broken open;
- Areas that have been recently mopped or waxed;
- Pools of condensation from refrigerator units.
Supermarket owners and operators have a basic obligation to prevent slippery conditions, fix them when they arise, and warn shoppers about them. If they fail to fulfill those duties, The Levin Firm can take action to hold them legally and financially responsible to injured patrons.
Broken, Missing, or Uneven Floor Tiles
Supermarket customers can also fall after tripping over broken, missing, or uneven floor tiles. Market floors take a lot of abuse from high foot traffic, shopping carts, and dollies loaded with inventory. It’s common for tiles to break or for subfloors to warp and bulge.
Until someone fixes these problems, a supermarket aisle can turn into a large fall hazard for unwary shoppers—and those who suffer injuries can turn to The Levin Firm for help seeking compensation.
Cracked Pavement and Potholes
Fall hazards exist outside supermarkets, too. Visitors can lose their footing and fall on cracked pavement and potholes in shopping center parking lots and sidewalks. Of course, some wear and tear in a paved area is to be expected, but supermarket operators face liability if they know of unreasonably dangerous conditions and fail to take measures to fix them or, at a minimum, to post public warnings about them.
The Levin Firm has years of experience holding businesses accountable for dangerous parking lot conditions that injure their patrons.
Snow and Ice on Sidewalks
Anywhere snow and ice accumulate on the sidewalks outside a supermarket, shoppers face the risk of getting hurt in a fall. As a place of business open to the public, a grocery store generally must make reasonable efforts to clear sidewalks of snow and to spread ice melt or sand on slippery patches.
A customer who falls on a snow or ice-covered walkway may have the right to seek damages from the store, and The Levin Firm can help.
Dangerous Steps and Stairs
Shoppers can fall and get hurt on steps and stairs at a supermarket, too.
The market may face liability for their injuries if, for example:
- A handrail was missing or broken;
- Stairs lacked anti-slip treads;
- No sign warned patrons of a step down;
- Stairs were unevenly spaced.
At The Levin Firm, we take care to investigate falls on steps and stairs. What may seem like a tumble that the fall victim could have avoided can often turn out to be one the property owner caused by failing to maintain stairs.
Inadequate lighting inside or outside a supermarket can also create fall risks. Customers need to be able to see clearly where they’re stepping. Dim or absent lighting puts them at risk of losing their footing on an unseen hazard and taking a spill. The Levin Firm can act quickly to preserve evidence of dangerous lighting conditions at the store where a customer fell to prove a case for damages.
Potential Damages in a Slip And Fall Claim
Falling and getting hurt at a supermarket can cause you pain, disrupt your life, and put you under significant financial strain. At The Levin Firm, we strive to secure maximum compensation for your losses to help put you back on track.
Every supermarket slip and fall case we handle is unique, but our team can often secure payment for your:
- Lost wages from missing work because of your injury and the value of sick leave or vacation time you used;
- Reduced earning capacity as a result of your injury leaving you partially or completely disabled;
- Medical expenses related to treating your injury and any follow-on health complications;
- Other costs of healing from, adapting to, or living with your injury, such as replacement services or modifications to your home;
- Physical pain and emotional suffering caused by your injury; and
- Loss of enjoyment of life due to the inconveniences and disruptions your injury causes.
In some cases, our team can also pursue an award of additional compensation as punishment for a supermarket’s extreme or intentional failure to keep you safe. To find out about the damages you might claim for injuries you suffered in a fall at a ShopRite supermarket, contact us at The Levin Firm today.
Wrongful Death from a Supermarket Slip and Fall
Many people heal from injuries they suffered in a fall at a supermarket, with proper care and support. But some do not. Falls can be especially dangerous for older shoppers—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falling is a leading cause of injury-related death among adults over age 65.
If a fall at a supermarket results in the tragic death of a patron, the law generally allows the victim’s surviving spouse, partner, or family members to seek compensation for their loss.
The specific damages recoverable for a wrongful death vary from state-to-state, but can include payment for:
- Loss of the victim’s income or financial support;
- Loss of the victim’s services;
- Loss of the victim’s guidance, companionship, or consortium;
- The surviving spouse, partner, or family member’s pain and suffering;
- The victim’s pain and suffering prior to death;
- The victim’s medical expenses prior to death;
- Funeral and burial expenses.
The compassionate, committed lawyers at The Levin Firm understand that money can never take the place of your loved one. But it can provide you with essential financial support to pay expenses and rebuild after a preventable tragedy. Contact us to learn more if your loved one died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall at a ShopRite store.
What if my child fell and got hurt at a supermarket?
Children fall down all the time. But that doesn’t mean it’s always their fault if they get hurt when taking a spill. If a child falls and suffers an injury because of a dangerous condition in a supermarket, the child may have the same legal rights as anyone else to seek compensation.
Of course, children generally cannot hire personal injury lawyers or file lawsuits on their own. Typically, their parents or legal guardians must do that on their behalf. Children may also wait until their 18th birthday to assert their rights as adults, in some cases. The experienced child injury lawyers at The Levin Firm can assist you in exploring your options if your child suffered injuries in a fall at a ShopRite supermarket.
How The Levin Firm Can Help in a Slip and Fall Case
In the aftermath of falling and getting hurt in a supermarket, you may struggle to know where to turn for help. People may tell you to get a lawyer, but that might not seem like a top priority. For many people in your position, however, it should be.
Experienced slip and fall attorneys at The Levin Firm serve as advocates and legal counselors for our clients. The services we provide can help our clients navigate the difficult times following a preventable injury, often relieving them of practical burdens and worries so that they can focus their energies on healing from trauma.
Our team can, for example:
- Answer questions and provide advice about decisions that may affect our client’s future;
- Handle all communications with insurance companies on our client’s behalf;
- Investigate the root causes of a slip and fall to identify who should pay damages;
- Submit insurance claims and file lawsuits seeking compensation for our client’s losses;
- Negotiate settlements with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers;
- Take our client’s case to trial in front of a judge and jury;
- Collect and disburse the money paid to our client under a settlement or court award.
In addition, we routinely represent slip and fall clients on a contingent fee basis. That means we only receive a fee if we win for you. We do not charge an upfront retainer or bill by the hour. Our clients never need to worry about affording a lawyer for their supermarket slip and fall case.
Steps to Take After a Supermarket Slip and Fall
Actions you take after getting hurt in a fall at a supermarket can affect your legal rights and financial future. Following these tips can protect your interests.
Notify Someone at the Store of What Happened
Tell someone at the supermarket that you slipped and fell. as soon as you can. Giving the store prompt notice of your injury protects you against the store claiming you got hurt somewhere else. It also alerts the store to the importance of preserving evidence of what happened, like security camera footage.
Seek Medical Attention
Go to the doctor immediately after falling and suffering an injury at a supermarket, even if you think the injury is minor. Some severe injuries do not show symptoms right away. And the records of your visit can serve as critical evidence in proving your case for damages.
Say “No” to a Quickie Settlement
The store or its insurer may offer you a quick cash settlement of your potential injury claim. Do not accept it without first consulting with a lawyer. Fast settlement offers usually fall far short of the amount you have the right to claim, and accepting them can sacrifice your rights to receive more money later. Instead, leave it to a skilled slip and fall injury lawyer to negotiate with the store and its insurer on your behalf.
Contact a Skilled ShopRite Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
Do not wait to seek legal help after falling and suffering an injury at a ShopRite supermarket. A law called the statute of limitations sets a deadline on your ability to pursue legal action for your losses. If you miss that deadline, you could lose any right you have to seek compensation.
The Levin Firm has decades of experience representing clients in slip and fall cases. We understand the difficulty and financial strain a fall-related injury can cause, and fight to get you the maximum compensation allowed by law. Contact us today at (215) 825-5183 for your free consultation with our knowledgeable legal professionals. We are here to answer your questions and explore your options.