Slips and Falls in Self-Service Stores


A Seattle Slip and Fall Attorney: Helping Injured Victims Recover Compensation

Seattle Washington Slip & Fall Accident Injury in Self Service Stores Attorney

In self-service stores, customers may browse and pick out products without the assistance of store employees. This includes most grocery stores, convenience stores, department stores, and cafeteria or buffet-style restaurants. While a trip to the store may seem like a relatively low-risk activity, slip and fall accidents in self-service stores injure people every year. In addition, people sustain extremely serious injuries in slip and fall accidents, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, dislocations, hip fractures, and more. Fortunately, in many cases, victims may recover compensation for their injuries by filing personal injury claims against the stores in which their accidents took place.

What Causes Slips and Falls in Stores?

Slips and falls in self-service stores can occur for any number of reasons, including a customer’s own clumsiness. When hazardous conditions that result from store employees’ negligence cause slips and falls, however, the law typically entitles injured victims to compensation for any losses they sustain. Also, Slip and Fall incidents can occur inside the store and outside the store.  Sometime the parking lot contains a dangerous condition that ends up causing someone to slip and fall, or to trip and fall, and suffer injuries as a result.  Some slip and fall hazards that typically result from employee or store negligence include:

  • Liquid spills
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Tracked in water
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Slippery floors
  • Dirty Floors or Floors with Garbage
  • Accumulated Snow/Ice in Parking Lot
  • Torn carpets
  • Uneven flooring
  • Stairwells without handrails
  • Cracked pavement
  • Uneven stairs
  • Failure to Use Cones when Mopping or Waxing Floors
  • Plugged drains by refrigeration units leading to pooling of water

Many other things can cause slips and falls at stores, and not every dangerous condition results from negligence. These cases are often highly fact-specific, and determining negligence typically requires a seasoned personal injury attorney to assess the particular condition involved.  For this reason, those hurt in slip and fall accidents should review their cases with a trained personal injury attorney, someone experienced in handling premises liability cases, regardless of how the incident occurred.

What to Do After a Slip and Fall in a Store

You can maximize your chance of recovering compensation after a slip and fall accident by:

  • Making sure that the store management files an official incident report
  • Taking photographs of the hazardous condition that caused your fall, or, if you are badly injured, having a friend or companion take photographs of the hazardous condition
  • Seeing a physician for a comprehensive medical examination
  • Not accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company or the store itself

Calling a lawyer as soon as you can

Time is of the essence in personal injury cases, because important evidence can get lost or destroyed. In addition, if you wait too long, the statute of limitations can bar your claim. For this reason, always call a lawyer as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident.

Call Us Today to Speak With a Seattle Slip and Fall Lawyer

If a slip and fall injured you while shopping at a store, Washington law may entitle you to significant compensation. Attorney Jay Krulewitch has practiced law in the state of Washington for nearly three decades and is committed to helping injured victims recover compensation for the losses they sustained.  In addition, Mr. Krulewitch has handled many cases involving slip and fall incidents in self-service stores over the years and understands the legal issues involved in prosecuting these kinds of cases.  To schedule a free case evaluation with Mr. Krulewitch, call our office today at (206) 233-0828 or send us an email through our online contact form.