Who Is Liable If You’re Injured at a Grocery Store?

Surprisingly, grocery stores can be full of hazards, hazards which can cause serious injuries to shoppers. This is especially true when store owners and management don’t take their responsibilities seriously, which can result in numerous unsafe conditions.

If you’re injured in a grocery store, you’ll likely have a lot of questions on how to proceed. And while you should always secure professional assistance for legal issues, here are some key points to consider when it comes to grocery store liability in New Mexico.

When a Store Owner May Be Liable for Your Injuries

Premises liability refers to property owners’ responsibility to maintain a safe and secure environment. In the event of a fault, such as cracked concrete, broken railings, or other hazards, store owners must act quickly to remedy the issue to preserve safety.

In the event a store owner neglects this important duty, they may be liable for any injuries that result. For example, a puddle on the floor caused by a neglected roof leak could cause a customer to slip and injure themselves. If the store owner was aware of the leak but took no action to repair it, they could be held liable for the resulting injury.

What to Do If You Experience an Injury at a Business

There are some crucial steps to take after an injury to improve the chance of a successful accident claim. They include:

  • Visit a Doctor – In the event of a serious injury, such as head trauma, seek emergency medical attention immediately. With less severe injuries, visit your doctor as soon as possible to determine the extent of the damage.
  • Limit Conversations with Staff – Refrain from telling staff members that you feel OK or don’t seem to be badly injured. These statements can be used against you should you decide to file a claim against the store.
  • Request the Names of Any Bystanders – Impartial bystanders can provide an unbiased perspective on the accident and any conditions that led to it. Ask for names and whether the person would be willing to give a statement in the future.
  • Contact Store Management – It’s a good idea to contact store management to notify them of what occurred. Management can then create a document report regarding the incident, which is vital when it comes to accident claims.

Enlisting the assistance of a personal injury firm is also recommended. Your claim could be denied, or the grocery store’s insurance company may offer a lower settlement than your injuries are worth. An experienced attorney will review the situation and help you make the best possible decision.

We Can Handle Your Personal Injury Case

In Albuquerque, Hinkle Law Offices helps clients navigate all sorts of injury cases. When it comes to slips and falls and other accidents occurring in grocery stores, we’ll review the situation carefully to ensure we offer the best possible representation.

Please call (505) TUF-HELP to schedule a no-obligation consultation with an attorney today. We also welcome you to contact us for more information before getting started.