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Slip And Fall Accidents At Grocery Stores in Tampa

As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3 million people are treated in emergency rooms across the country because of falls. Another 800,000 people are hospitalized.  Although most falls don’t cause serious injuries, about 20% of them involve broken bones or head injuries. Many of those falls involve slip and falls on commercial properties, especially grocery stores.

Common Causes of Slip and Falls at Tampa Grocery Stores:

Most of us are at a grocery store once or twice a week. We certainly don’t expect to be injured when we make those stops, but people are injured at Tampa area grocery stores just about every day. The majority of those injuries involve slip and fall accidents. Here are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents at Tampa area grocery stores:

Common Slip and Fall Injuries:

When a person slips and falls, he or she will ordinarily fall backward or to either side. Those types of slips can cause serious injuries. According to the CDC, more than 95% of all hip fractures are caused by falls. Here are some other common slip and fall injuries:

Proving Fault in a Grocery Store Slip and Fall:

The owner or operator of the premises that a grocery store is located at can be held liable for damages caused by a slip and fall pursuant to Florida Statute 768.0755. The fact that a statute has been put in place that contemplates slip and falls at places that include Tampa area grocery stores doesn’t make proving liability for a slip and fall accident any easier though. That’s because people who suffer slip and fall injuries in Tampa area grocery stores are expected to use due care and caution for their own personal safety at all times. Both property and Tampa grocery store owners will argue that Tampa slip and fall accident claimants are partially or completely at fault for their accidents and injuries. Here are some of the common  defenses that Tampa grocery stores and their insurers allege:

Comparative Negligence:

After being injured in a grocery store slip and fall, the first defense that the store and its insurer will raise is that you simply weren’t watching where you were going, and you were partially at fault for the accident. Assuming that to be true, you can still have the store held liable for your accident and injuries. For example, if you were 20% at fault for your slip and fall, you can still be awarded 80% of the damages in your case under the law of comparative negligence. Don’t let their insurance adjuster place all of the blame on you.

Contact a Tampa Attorney After a Grocery Store Injury

Contact us right away for a free consultation and case review after being injured in a slip and fall at any Tampa area grocery store. Time is of the essence, so contact us as soon as you can. We won’t charge you a penny of legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or award for you.

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