Slip and Fall at Publix
With more than 700 store locations throughout the state, Publix is Florida’s most prevalent grocery chain. Notwithstanding, each year hundreds of customers are injured in Publix stores because of slip and fall accidents. Generally, a Publix manager will respond to the accident scene and ask if medical attention is needed. If the injured victim requests medical care, a Publix employee will call 911. If no emergency care is needed, a Publix employee will complete an incident report and tell the injured victim that someone from the company’s risk management team will be contacting them.Steps to Take
If you or someone you know is injured in a slip and fall at Publix, the very first action that should be taken is to call for or seek medical attention. It is not uncommon for slip and fall injuries to worsen over time, often days after the accident has occurred. For this reason, waiting to seek and obtain medical treatment is both bad for your health and for your potential personal injury claim against Publix.
After seeking medical attention, it is important for you to find out what caused the slip and fall at Publix. This is essential to your personal injury case as it will help determine fault. Under Florida law, a person seeking monetary compensation for injuries suffered at Publix must prove not only what caused the slip and fall but that the grocery store had notice of the substance or debris that caused the accident. Gathering up as much information regarding this issue is vital to your personal injury claim.
Another important factor, especially in a personal injury case, is obtaining witness testimony of anyone who saw the accident happen because their statements can help prove your case. Along with eye witnesses, other information that is useful in proving a personal injury claim relating to a slip and fall at Publix includes taking pictures of the accident area and/or obtaining the store’s video footage showing the incident. Because most people now carry a cell phone which may also act as a camera, taking a number of photographs while you are at the scene of your fall, of the substance which made you fall, before an employee cleans it may be a critical piece of evidence which can prove the store’s negligence.Not Uncommon
With several thousand visitors daily at Publix stores across Florida, accidents, including slip and falls, are pretty common. Some common hazards that may cause a slip and fall at Publix include food or drink spills on the floor, merchandise lying in aisles on the ground, unflattened or unsecured floor mats and/or rugs, tile floors that lack non-slip grains, or even unstable store shelving or support beams. Many injured patrons choose to not file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, assuming they cannot win against such a large company. If you are injured in a slip and fall at Publix and decide to pursue legal action, know that you are well within your rights. Keep in mind that successfully filing a personal injury claim on your own against Publix or any other corporation is not advisable. This is because these companies have a legal team of corporate attorneys fighting consumer claims on a daily basis.Slip and Fall Help
The Florida slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of Joseph I. Lipsky, P.A. have represented a number of customers who have been injured at Publix and other businesses in South Florida. With more than 25 years of experience representing the injured, these attorneys will fight to preserve your rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Click here or call us on our toll-free Hot Line at (888) 352-5298 today to schedule an initial consultation at one of our several South Florida locations.