Boston Grocery Store Slip and Fall Attorney
Shopping in grocery stores is a part of our daily lives, and we expect a hazard-free experience when shopping for groceries. Unfortunately, grocery stores have the potential to create many dangerous conditions for customers, and if property owners are not diligent an accident can easily occur. If you or someone that you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident in a Boston grocery store, you may have a claim for compensation under Massachusetts premises liability law. To learn more about your legal options, call or contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. today.
Examples of Hazardous Conditions in Grocery Stores
Hazardous conditions are those that have the potential to cause injury to others, and under premises liability law property owners and occupiers have a duty to protect those who visit their premises from injury caused by any hazardous conditions that exist. Grocery stores and other commercial properties who have customers on their premises for the store’s economic benefit owe the highest duty of care to visitors. Grocery store owners have a duty to regularly inspect their premises, fix any dangerous conditions, and warn customers of any hazards that they know or should have known about on the property.
Some of the most common hazards in grocery stores include the following:
- Sticky substances on the ground,
- Liquids spilled from products,
- Uneven flooring,
- Snowy or icy conditions outside the store,
- Falling merchandise,
- Unstable food displays, and more.
Many of these hazardous conditions can lead to a slip and fall accident, which can cause serious injuries for customers shopping at a grocery store.
Injuries Caused by a Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents have the potential to cause severe injuries for people hurt at a grocery store when the premises is not properly maintained. Commonly reported injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Skull fractures,
- Facial trauma,
- Broken bones,
- Soft tissue injuries,
- Neck injuries, and
- Contusions and lacerations
Depending on the specifics of the case, such as the age of the victim and the types of injuries inflicted, a slip and fall can result in the need for serious medical treatment. While a young person who suffers a sprained wrist may recover in a couple of weeks, an elderly slip and fall victim who breaks a hip may face months of medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Slip and Fall Compensation
Compensation for slip and fall accidents is calculated by adding the out of pocket expenses, known as economic damages, with the damages for the less tangible harms, known as noneconomic damages. A slip and fall victim is entitled to collect compensation for all of the following after a premises liability accident in a grocery store:
- Present and future medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Property damage,
- Loss of future income and benefits,
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Disability, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life
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Are you interested in learning more about your options after a slip and fall accident in a Boston grocery store? Call or contact The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. today to schedule a free consultation.