Even though Publix is primarily a cautious and safe food store, no store or employee is perfect, and personal injuries happen. In case that you were injured on the property of Publix, you may have a claim for compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost salaries.
Publix has an obligation to its consumers to keep its grounds safe. If Publix knew or should have known of an unsafe condition and did not take the appropriate actions to fix the matter or alert you of the hazard, you may likely have a case.
Many of the claims against Publix are from slip and falls. And, frequently, it is water on the floor surface that causes the fall. Slipping on the hard concrete floorings at Publix essentially always causes a harmful 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.
Sources of water on the floor can emerge from nearly 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 leaking onto the floor? Did somebody drop ice and it melted? Was the entryway or exit slippery from the rainfall that was tracked into the grocery store from consumers or from shopping carts? Whatever you can find out about the source will help your lawyers determine the suitable level of negligence against Publix.
I pointed out in the above about water develop from rainfall at the entrance or exits. I have also observed some customers leave behind wet umbrellas that drip water onto the floor in this same area. There are carpeted floor coverings at the entrance to every grocery store for the purpose of doing away with water. But, the mats are not perfect and the water still gets tracked into the concrete floor. The floor coverings do little for actually drying out the water off of shoes. It is this area of the establishment where we see many of the slip and falls. If Publix has not taken actions to get rid of or mop down the area or post warning signs, then you will 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 accumulating from rainfall being tracked inside. As my client entered into the store, he/she slipped and fell right before the guard. Of course, Publix admitted responsibility for its failure to act and keep the area completely dry.
Following a slip and fall, it is important to tell the manager about the event even if you are not in severe pain. Do not be embarrassed to simply submit the report. Most people do not understand the severity of the injury until later on in the day or the next morning. It is also important to realize that there are cameras all throughout the store, so the slip and fall will certainly be captured on the video footage.
Finally, it is important to keep the shoes you were wearing at that time. Being in Florida, a number of my clients were wearing flip-flops when they fell. Publix may ask us to preserve those shoes or flip-flops to verify whether the tread was deteriorated.
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 settle your claim without the filing of a lawsuit so long as you and your attorneys are not money grubbing. I have personally observed that Publix does appreciate their consumers and their credibility and reputation, so if you were injured 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 serve to help those who have been legitimately injured in accidents that should have been prevented by Publix. If you have been injured at a Publix and want to talk about your case in more detail contact a Publix Slip and Fall Attorney today.
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