Grocery shopping is not supposed to be dangerous. Unfortunately, for one woman, this was not the case. A customer was shopping at a Jewel-Osco store when she slipped and fell, seriously injuring herself. A lawsuit was recently filed against the store claiming that they were negligent by failing to maintain a safe facility. The woman is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Slip and falls are among the most common types of accidents, and they can also cause some of the most serious injuries. Falls can cause a range of medical problems ranging from bruises, scrapes, and sprains, to more serious injuries such as broken bones, back problems, and head trauma. It is important to get medical attention immediately following a fall, even if you do not immediately feel hurt. Many injuries are not noticed right away, but can prove to be very severe.
Some slip and fall injuries end up requiring surgery, rehabilitation, and long-term care. Sometimes the injuries may be permanently disabling, causing the person’s life to drastically change. The woman in this case suffered both internal and external injuries that are of a lasting nature. The woman will require extended medical care, which will be very expensive. When an accident is caused by someone else’s negligence, the negligent party should be held responsible for the payment of all associated expenses.
Of course, not all falls are the result of negligent behavior. Sometimes a fall happens because of our own ill-footing. However, when a slip and fall accident occurs it is necessary to take steps to determine liability. In this case, the lawsuit states that the store is liable and was negligent because the floor had a liquid contaminant, which caused the fall. The store owner is responsible because the area should have been kept safe, and the liquid should not have been allowed to remain on the floor.
Sometimes legal action is necessary in order to seek justice for the accident. In this case, the woman filed a lawsuit claiming that the store was negligent, and is therefore responsible for all the costs associated with the incident. Expenses can quickly add up in situations such as this one. The woman required immediate medical attention, so was likely transported to the hospital by ambulance. She was then provided immediate medical treatment. In order to determine all of her internal injuries, many tests and procedures were probably completed. All of these procedures and treatments are expensive, and may not be paid by insurance.
It is important that you immediately get medical attention to determine the injuries sustained in the accident. Report the accident to the police and to the store management. Seek guidance from a reputable personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will review what happened, gather information and evidence, and represent you throughout any legal proceedings. If you or a family member was hurt because of a slip and fall accident, contact the skilled lawyers at the office of Michael T. Friedman & Associates to learn how to get the compensation you deserve.
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