Even though Publix is primarily a thorough and safe food market, no store or team member is perfect, and personal injuries transpire. If you were hurt on the property of Publix, you may have a claim for settlement for your personal injuries, pain and suffering, and lost salaries.
Publix has a duty to its consumers to keep its premises safe. If Publix recognized or should have known of a harmful problem and did not take the appropriate actions to fix the matter or warn you of the threat, you may have a case.
Many of the cases against Publix are from slip and falls. And, usually, it is water on the flooring that causes the fall. Falling on the hard concrete floorings at Publix pretty much always causes a serious injury. A number of our clients have broken a wrist, injured a knee or back, and even had a hamstring injury when their legs go out from underneath them.
Sources of water on the ground can derive from practically anywhere. If you have been in a slip and fall at Publix, you need to do your very best to establish where the water originated from. Was a cooler seeping onto the ground? Did an individual drop ice and it melted? Was the entryway or exit wet from the rain that was tracked into the business from consumers or from shopping carts? Whatever you can discover the source will help your lawyers determine the suitable level of fault opposing Publix.
I mentioned in the above about water build up from rain at the entry or exits. I have also observed some consumers leave behind soaked umbrellas that drip water onto the flooring in this same area. There are carpeted mats at the entry to every grocery store for the purpose of getting rid of water. But, the mats are not ideal and the water still gets tracked into the concrete floor. The mats do little for actually drying out the water off of shoes. It is this area of the establishment 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 likely have a claim. I just 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 accumulating from rain being tracked inside. As my client entered the store, he/she slipped and fell right before the guard. Of course, Publix admitted responsibility for its problem to act and keep the area completely dry.
Following a slip and fall, it is important to tell the manager about the accident even when you are not in severe pain. Do not be embarrassed to simply file the report. Most people do not understand the severity of the injury until later in the day or the next morning. It is also essential to recognize that there are cameras all throughout the store, so the slip and fall will certainly be recorded on the video recording.
Finally, it is important to safeguard the shoes you were wearing at that time. Residing 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 find out whether the tread was worn down.
Publix risk management in Lakeland, FL will likely have an incident report and the video clip during the time you present your claim. The Publix risk management department will be realistic and try to resolve your claim without the filing of a lawsuit so long as you and your attorneys are not penny pinching. I have personally observed that Publix does care about their consumers and their credibility and reputation, so if you were hurt in one of their stores, they will try to make things right.
My office has worked with Publix slip and fall cases across the State of Florida. We assist those who have been legitimately injured in mishaps that could have been prevented by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and want to review your case in more detail contact a Publix Slip and Fall Attorney today.
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