Have You Been the Victim of a Slip and Fall at a Publix Grocery Store?

Even though Publix is typically a mindful and safe supermarket, no store or staff member is perfect, and mishaps transpire. If you were hurt on the property of Publix, you may have a claim for settlement for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Publix possesses a responsibility to its customers to always keep its premises safe. If Publix recognized or should have known of an unsafe problem and did not take the effective actions to fix the matter or warn you of the hazard, you may likely have a case.

Many of the claims against Publix are from slip and falls. And, usually, it is water on the floor that leads to the fall. Falling on the hard concrete floorings at Publix almost always causes a harmful injury. A lot of our clients have broken a wrist, injured a knee or back, or perhaps had a hamstring injury when their legs go out from underneath them.

Measures to Take Adhering To an Incident in a Publix Grocery Store

Sources of water on the ground can emerge from almost anywhere. If you have been in a slip and fall at Publix, you should do your very best to determine where the water came from. Was a cooler leaking onto the ground? Did someone drop ice and it melted? Was the entryway or exit slippery from the rainfall that was tracked into the store from shoppers or from shopping carts? Whatever you can discover the source will help your lawyers determine the most suitable level of fault opposing Publix.

I stated in the above about water accumulate from rainfall at the entrance or exits. I have also seen some consumers leave behind wet umbrellas that drip water onto the flooring within this same area. There are carpeted floor coverings at the entrance to every store for the purpose of dealing with water. But, the mats are not perfect 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 store where we see the majority of the slip and falls. If Publix has not taken actions to sponge or mop down the area or post warning signs, then you will most 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 alert anyone that water was building up from rainfall being tracked inside. As my client went into the store, he/she slipped and fell right before the guard. Of course, Publix accepted  accountability for its failure to act and keep the area completely dry.

Following a slip and fall, it is very important 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 people do not recognize the severity of the injury until later in the day or the next morning. It is also essential to recognize that there are cameras throughout the store, so the slip and fall will certainly be captured on the video footage.

Lastly, it is very important to  retain the shoes you were wearing at the time. Being in Florida, a number 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  realistic and attempt to resolve your claim without the filing of a lawsuit as long as you and your lawyers are not money grubbing. I have personally observed that Publix does care about their customers and their reputation, so if you were hurt in some of their stores, they will try to make things right.

My office has dealt with Publix slip and fall cases across the State of Florida. We help those who have been legitimately injured in  personal injuries that could have been avoided by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and would like to discuss your case in more detail contact a Publix Slip and Fall Attorney today.

St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas
5858 Central Ave suite a
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 381-2300