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Publix Slip and Fall Accidents and How to Handle Them

Although Publix is  ordinarily a meticulous and safe food market, no store or worker is perfect, and incidents transpire. On the occasion 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  incomes.

Publix possesses a duty to its customers to keep its facilities safe. If Publix knew or should have known of a hazardous condition and did not take the effective measures to fix the issue or advise you of the hazard, you may likely have a case.

A lot of the cases 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, or perhaps had a hamstring injury when their legs go out from underneath them.

 

Steps to Take Following a Personal Injury in a Publix Grocery Store

Sources of water on the flooring can emerge from  nearly anywhere. If you have been in a slip and fall at Publix, you need to do your very best to determine where the water came from. Was a cooler dripping onto the flooring? Did somebody drop ice and it melted? Was the entryway or exit wet from the rainfall that was tracked into the grocery store from consumers or from grocery carts? Whatever you can learn about the source will help your lawyers determine the appropriate level of fault opposing Publix.

I detailed in the above about water develop from rainfall at the entrance or exits. I have also seen some consumers leave behind wet umbrellas that drip water onto the floor in this particular same area. There are carpeted mats at the entrance to every grocery store for the intention of eliminating water. But, the mats are not ideal and the water still gets tracked into the concrete floor. The mats do little for actually drying the water off of shoes. It is this area of the establishment where we see a lot of the slip and falls. If Publix has not taken measures to sponge or mop down the area or post caution signs, then you will most likely have a claim. I fairly recently had a case where the security guard was standing in the entryway only feet away from a wet floor. He took no measures to alert anyone that water was building up from rainfall being tracked inside. As my client entered into the store, he/she slipped and fell right in front of the guard. Of course, Publix accepted responsibility for its failure to act and keep the area dry.

Coming after a slip and fall, it is very important to tell the supervisor about the occurrence even if you are not in serious pain. Do not be embarrassed to simply submit the report. Most individuals 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 recorded on the footage.

As a final point, it is very important to  retain the shoes you were wearing at that time. Residing in Florida, many of my clients were wearing flip-flops when they fell. Publix may ask us to keep those shoes or flip-flops to verify whether the tread was deteriorated.

Publix risk management in Lakeland, FL will likely have an incident report and the video recording at the time you present your claim. The Publix risk management department will be fair and try to resolve your claim without the filing of a lawsuit so long as you and your attorneys are not penny pinching. I have personally observed that Publix does appreciate their customers and their  credibility and reputation, so if you were injured in some of their stores, they will try to make it right.

My office has dealt with Publix slip and fall cases across the State of Florida. We serve to help those who have been legitimately injured in  personal injuries that could have been prevented by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and want to discuss 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
(727) 381-2300
www.727injury.com