Even though Publix is generally a meticulous and safe food market, no store or staff member is perfect, and incidents transpire. On the occasion that you were injured or hurt on the property of Publix, you may have a claim for settlement for your personal injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Publix possesses a responsibility to its consumers to keep its facilities safe. If Publix recognized or should have known of a harmful problem and did not take the effective actions to fix the matter or alert you of the hazard, you may have a case.
The majority of the cases against Publix are from slip and falls. And, most often, it is water on the flooring that causes the fall. Slipping on the hard concrete floors at Publix almost always causes a serious injury. A number of our clients have broken a wrist, injured a knee or back, or maybe had a hamstring injury when their legs go out from underneath them.
Procedures to Take Following a Personal Injury in a Publix Grocery Store
Causes of water on the ground can derive 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 originated from. Was a cooler dripping onto the ground? Did an individual drop ice and it melted? Was the entryway or exit slippery from the rain that was tracked into the supermarket from shoppers or from shopping carts? Whatever you can find out about the source will help your lawyers determine the most suitable level of fault opposing Publix.
I touched on in the above about water develop from rain at the entry or exits. I have also observed some customers leave behind soaked umbrellas that drip water onto the flooring in this same area. There are carpeted floor coverings at the entry to every grocery store for the goal of eliminating water. But, the mats are not ideal and the water still gets tracked into the cement floor. The floor coverings do little for actually drying out 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 actions to wipe or mop down the area or post warning signs, then you will very 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 actions to warn anyone that water was accumulating from rain being tracked inside. As my client entered into the store, he/she slipped and fell right in front of the guard. Of course, Publix admitted accountability for its failure to act and keep the area dry.
Following a slip and fall, it is essential to tell the manager about the incident even if you are not in severe pain. Do not be embarrassed to simply file the report. Lots of people do not recognize the severity of the injury until later in the day or the next morning. It is also crucial to realize that there are cameras all throughout the store, so the slip and fall will certainly be recorded on the video recording.
And lastly, it is essential to retain the shoes you were wearing during the time. Being in Florida, a lot of my clients were wearing flip-flops when they fell. Publix may ask us to preserve 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 footage during the time you present your claim. The Publix risk management department will be reasonable and try to resolve your claim without the filing of a lawsuit as long as you and your lawyers are not penny pinching. I have personally observed that Publix does appreciate their consumers and their credibility and reputation, so if you were injured or hurt in one of their stores, they will try to make things right.
My office has worked with Publix slip and fall cases across the State of Florida. We aid those who have been legitimately injured in mishaps that could have been avoided by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and would like to review your case in more detail contact a Publix Slip and Fall Attorney today.St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas
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