North Carolina residents generally do not expect to suffer a serious injury during their weekly trip to the grocery store. Unfortunately, however, slip-and-fall accidents happen all the time, even to the most cautious shoppers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in five falls results in severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and broken bones.
Common causes for grocery store slip-and-falls
Even shoppers who are being extremely careful are at risk for slipping and falling in the grocery store due to various dangerous conditions on the premises. Many of these conditions are caused by the negligent actions of store owners and their staff. Here are some of the conditions that can play a role in a grocery store slip-and-fall accident.
- Slippery floors – Spilled food and drink, water tracked in by employees and customers on a rainy day, and other substances can cause grocery store floors to become wet and slippery.
- Poor lighting – Poorly lit areas in the store and in the parking lot can make it harder for customers to see where they’re going and make it more likely that they trip over something.
- Aisle obstructions – Shopping carts, displays, and other debris may block the aisles and other walkways.
- Icy sidewalks – During the cold winter months, ice and frost can make sidewalks slippery.
- Uneven flooring – Broken steps, broken tiles, and torn carpeting can result in uneven flooring.
Filing a premises liability lawsuit against property owners
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall at your local grocery store, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the store owners and other parties for failing to properly maintain the property and failing to remedy the dangerous store condition that caused your injury. An attorney specializing in personal injury matters can represent you and help you recover the damages you are entitled to.