Holding Stores Accountable for Unsafe Conditions
Many Chicago residents venture into grocery stores throughout the Chicagoland area on shopping trips, but they never considered the possibility they might suffer serious injury. Grocery store slip and fall accidents are far more common than some people realize. Serious injuries in supermarkets may be caused by a slip and fall on a wet floor or a trip and fall over merchandise or pallets located in the aisle. Companies that hold their business open to the public like a food market have a legal obligation under Illinois premises liability law to make the premises reasonably safe for patrons and/or warn patrons regarding any potential hazards.
The supermarket slip and fall accident attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC understand the importance of conducting a careful investigation of store accidents before critical evidence disappears; accident reports are conveniently misplaced, or essential witnesses disappear. There is often a wide variety of evidence that may be available to establish that grocery store management or employees did not take sufficient care to protect patrons from injury. This evidence is essential to establish certain key liability issues, including the following:
- Procedures the store has in place for discovering unsafe conditions
- Store procedures for maintenance of bathrooms and other areas involving potential slip and fall hazards
- Training and supervision of employees and procedures for safe stacking and placement of inventory
- The duration of time a potential hazardous condition has been present
- Knowledge of employees or receipt of reports by patrons regarding the hazard
- Precautions taken to make a particular hazardous condition safe
Lawsuits involving retail store accidents are typically very fact-intensive. This means it is imperative that you work with a Chicago premises liability law firm like Stein & Shulman, LLC that handles many such cases and conducts thorough investigations of the facts and circumstances of such accidents. Our attorneys often use experts who are in a position to testify about industry practices regarding safe flooring, proper maintenance, and safe procedures for positioning food items and other merchandise.
While there are virtually an unlimited number of ways someone can be injured in a slip and fall accident while shopping, some common factors that cause falls include the following:
- Uneven or rippled carpet
- Floors that become slippery when wet
- Equipment that is not stored, maintained, or operated safely (e.g. leaky water cooler)
- Inadequate lighting of walkways or stairs
- Poorly maintained stairways
- Obstructions that block aisles and are not marked
- Products falling from shelves
- Pavement in parking lots or sidewalks that is uneven
Our grocery store accident lawyers zealously represent those injured in Chicagoland supermarkets, including but not limited to the following:
- Food 4 Less
- Jewel Food Stores
- Jewel Osco
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods
- Treasure Island Foods
- Tony’s Finer Foods
These companies have significant resources for litigation and handle many prospective lawsuits. Our Chicago grocery store fall accident attorneys have the experience, resources, and skill to effectively litigate grocery store slip and fall cases and pursue full compensation for injuries, which might include lost income, hospital and medical expenses, disability and disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other appropriate compensation.
Contact Our Chicago Grocery Store Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Our Cook County supermarket trip and fall lawyers recognize the struggles that you may face if you or someone you love has been injured while shopping. We provide the resources and expertise of a large law firm blended with the personalized attention and high level of communication associated with a small boutique law firm. Our law firm can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0506 or email us to schedule your no-obligation free consultation. No recovery, no fee.