Special Considerations in Atlanta Grocery Store Slip and Fall Accidents


August 14, 2012

Most families make at least one or more trips to the local grocery store each week to stock up on food and other household supplies. While these trips usually occur without significant incident, occasionally these grocery store trips end in dangerous slip and fall accidents.

A grocery store slip and fall accident is particularly likely because products fall off shelves, glass containers fall and break spilling liquid on the floor, and stockers leave pallets of products obstructing the aisles. Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents in Atlanta grocery stores are common accidents that can cause broken bones, head injuries and other serious injury.

Many Atlanta grocery store patrons misjudge the seriousness of a grocery store slip and fall accident. Some grocery store shoppers fall and suffer a bump on the head and presume that they received nothing more than a headache. However, serious head injuries, which can most certainly occur when someone suffers an Atlanta grocery store slip and fall, may not have major symptoms initially. Sometimes head injury victims are conscious and feel no significant ill effects after suffering a traumatic head injury. However, head injuries can be deceptive because bleeding in the space between the brain and skull may result in increasing pressure on the brain and can cause significant damage to the brain. This makes it essential to seek medical attention following any slip and fall accident in an Atlanta grocery store, particularly if you suffer any impact to your head.

Grocery store owners and managers should recognize the high risk of Atlanta grocery store accidents and conduct proper investigations and maintenance to discover unsafe fall hazards and conduct appropriate oversight and maintenance to prevent dangerous slip and fall accidents. If you are involved in an Atlanta grocery store slip and fall accident, you may have a right to recover financial compensation for your injuries, but time is of the essence. Critical evidence in a grocery store slip and fall accident in Atlanta or anywhere throughout Georgia can disappear quickly. Grocery store accidents pose particular evidence preservation issues including:

  • Digital video surveillance evidence may be deleted
  • Flooring defects may be repaired
  • High rates of employee turnover in grocery stores may mean key witnesses disappear
  • The physical layout of the store may change
  • Hazards like leaking refrigeration units may be repaired or replaced
  • Lighting changes may be made to increase visibility

One of the most common defenses used by insurance companies in Atlanta slip and fall grocery store accidents is to shift the blame to the injury victim. The insurance company will contend that you were not paying attention and that a reasonable person that was paying attention would have seen and avoided the hazard. Many factors may affect the validity of this defense. When our experienced Atlanta grocery store slip and fall attorneys represent clients in these types of accidents, we investigate carefully to build the most persuasive case for our clients. We also handle other types of Atlanta grocery store accidents including injuries caused by improperly stacked or falling merchandise. We handle slips and falls that occur in other settings as well.

Our experienced Georiga slip and fall accident lawyers have been providing persuasive and dedicated legal representation to Atlanta slip and fall and trip and fall injury victims since 1984. Our Atlanta grocery store slip and fall accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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