Publix possesses a responsibility to its consumers to keep its facilities safe. If Publix knew or should have known of an unsafe problem and did not take the appropriate measures to fix the matter or caution you of the hazard, you might have a case.
Many of the cases against Publix are from slip and falls. And, usually, it is water on the floor surface that leads to the fall. Slipping on the hard concrete floors at Publix practically always causes a serious injury. Many of our clients have broken a wrist, injured a knee or back, or even had a hamstring injury when their legs go out from underneath them.
Steps to Take Following a Personal Injury in a Publix Grocery Store
Causes of water on the ground can come from pretty much anywhere. If you have been in a slip and fall at Publix, you should 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 consumers or from grocery carts? Whatever you can learn about the source will help your lawyers determine the appropriate level of negligence opposing Publix.
I talked about in the above about water develop from rain at the entrance or exits. I have also experienced some consumers leave wet umbrellas that drip water onto the floor in this same area. There are carpeted doormats at the entrance to every store for the goal of getting rid of water. But, the mats are not ideal and the water still gets tracked into the cement floor. The doormats do little for actually drying out the water off of shoes. It is this area of the store where we see many of the slip and falls. If Publix has not taken measures to wipe or mop down the area or post caution signs, then you will most likely have a claim. I recently had a case where the security guard was standing in the entryway only feet away from a wet floor. He took no measures to caution anyone that water was building up from rain being tracked inside. As my client went in the store, he/she slipped and fell right before the guard. Of course, Publix accepted responsibility for its problem to act and keep the area dry.
Following a slip and fall, it is necessary to tell the supervisor about the accident even when you are not in severe pain. Do not be embarrassed to simply file the report. Most individuals do not realize the severity of the injury until later in the day or the next morning. It is also important to realize that there are cameras throughout the store, so the slip and fall will certainly be recorded on the video.
As a final point, it is necessary to preserve the shoes you were wearing at the time. Being in Florida, many of my clients were wearing flip-flops when they fell. Publix may ask us to keep those shoes or flip-flops to determine whether the tread was deteriorated.
Publix risk management in Lakeland, FL will likely have an incident report and the video footage at the time you present your claim. The Publix risk management department will be decent and attempt to resolve your claim without the filing of a lawsuit provided that you and your lawyers are not money grubbing. I have personally observed that Publix does care about their consumers and their reputation, so if you were injured or hurt in some of their stores, they will try to make it right.
My office has worked with Publix slip and fall cases across the State of Florida. We serve to help those who have been legitimately injured in personal injuries that should have been avoided by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and wish to go over your case in more detail contact a Publix Slip and Fall Attorney today.St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas
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St. Petersburg, FL 33707