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Are grocery stores more hazardous than you realize?

If you’re like most Americans, then you might walk into a grocery store at least a few times per week. While it may seem like the grocery store that you visit is clean and safe, there may be slip-and-fall dangers that exist that you may not be readily aware of. 

You’ll want to take time to learn more about hazardous areas in the grocery store. You may protect yourself from suffering a potentially life-threatening injury by doing so. 

How do slip-and-fall incidents occur at grocery stores?

Various situations can lead to a serious slip and fall at a grocery store, including: 

  • Products falling off shelving onto the floor, such as butter, produce, cleaning solvents, oils, beverages and sauces
  • Recently mopped or waxed floors that are overly slick
  • Carts, boxes and ladders left behind by employees or customers
  • Leaking refrigerators, freezers and rooves or air conditioners
  • Chipped, cracked or improperly laid floor tiles
  • Floor mats that are frayed, curled up, worn or non-absorbent
  • Poorly marked curbs
  • Potholes in the parking lots
  • Spilled drinks at the self-serve section of the store

The list above is only a few examples of how grocery store workers and customers may suffer slips, trips or falls in grocery stores and end up seriously injured.

While many slips and falls may only leave victims with temporary injuries, such as bruises, cuts, strains and sprains, these incidents have the potential to do much more damage. Others may strike their head or torso on shelving or other items around them, leaving them with internal bleeding, brain injuries, fractures and other potentially catastrophic injuries. 

Premises liability laws require business owners to take reasonable steps to preserve the safety of their premises. If you’ve been injured because of a store owner’s negligence, don’t hesitate to make a claim for compensation to cover your losses.