Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere in southern California, but some of the most frequently reported accidents occur in supermarkets. Victims can suffer major injuries to the spinal cord, neck, head, and limbs, all in the few moments it takes for such an accident to happen. But why are grocery stores such a hotspot for slip-and-falls?
Supermarket slip-and-fall accidents are the result of a combination of a slick surface and an unsuspecting victim. Most visitors to the store are not expecting to encounter any dangers, as they believe that staff will be attentive and prevent any such hazards from occurring. Unfortunately, workers may either slack off in their duties or be understaffed for the job that needs to be done. In either case, spills, tracked-in water, and other slipping hazards can affect the floors.
Importantly, most supermarkets have slick floors throughout the building. These are in place so that cleaning and maintenance are simple and can be done quickly. Unfortunately, it also means that they can become extremely slippery when affected by liquids, which supermarkets are filled with.
The most common substances used in supermarket flooring are vinyl and tile. These are easy to clean and replace and can be quickly polished. Unfortunately, they do not have the natural grip and friction that other floors like concrete have. Even when treated and designed to have more grip, they can still be much slicker than other types of flooring. All it takes is a minor spill or a still-wet cleanup job to turn these surfaces into a floor as slick as ice. Should customers encounter the hazard, they are likely to not see it, due to being distracted while looking for the items they want.
Additionally, floors that have been worn down over time can become even more slippery. This can easily occur in supermarkets, where constant foot traffic can quickly take its toll on the floor.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our team of Beverly Hills supermarket slip-and-fall victim lawyers have seen firsthand the devastation that an accident can cause. Attorney Candice Klein recently helped the victim of aFood 4 Less slip-and-fall accident recover $282,000 for her losses.
If you have been injured in such an accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. To learn more about how we can help represent you, call us today at 213-514-8332.