Slip and falls occur every day across this nation in a variety of locations; however, there are some locations where the chance to fall is greater. Grocery stores and supermarkets are a prime example where people are more likely to slip and fall due to hidden hazards and dangers on the premises.
According to Consolidated Floor Safety, the majority of premises liability claims involve grocery stores. While there could be more claims involving supermarkets because a large number of people enter their premises daily to shop, the real reason why slip and fall accidents at grocery stores occur is due to hazardous conditions that are not corrected in a timely manner.
For example, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and other grocery stores in Sarasota and throughout Florida have been at the center of premises liability claims due to the following hazards including:
- Wet floors and spilled liquid
- Lack of warning signs or cones to warn customers of spills or other hazards
- Recently mopped or waxed floors without signage
- Water tracked into the store after a rainstorm, and floors are slippery at entrance because the store failed to use nonslip mats
- Parking lot potholes
- Cracked sidewalks and uneven flooring surfaces
When a store, property possessor, or property owner fails to correct dangerous and hazardous conditions, they can be liable for any slip and fall accidents that takes place on their premises. This typically occurs at grocery stores because employees frequently fail to clean up spills or warn customers of hazards.
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