As a leading group of San Diego personal injury attorneys, we consult on many slip and fall lawsuits. Unfortunately, though, customers who slip and injure themselves at super markets don’t take legal action because they feel their fall was simply an accident.
Truth be told, a grocery store slip and fall accident may very well be the business’s fault. In other words, their neglect may be to blame for your injury.
Case in point. Just last year in Gwinnett County, Georgia, $2.3 million was awarded to customer in a slip-and-fall lawsuit against food retailer Kroger.
The plaintiff, 49-year old Craig Walters, was injured at a Kroger grocery store, after slipping and falling on a piece of smashed fruit on the floor. Falling directly onto his back, Walters suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in extensive medical treatment and his inability to return to work. According to Walters’ attorney, Walters had to undergo spinal surgery among other medical treatments, incurring a total of $135,000 in medical bills.
Lawyers representing Kroger alleged that the grocery store’s video surveillance was not directed to capture the area where the accident took place. They also claimed that all surveillance footage from the day of the incident had been taped over, due to a store policy of recording over surveillance tapes after 17 days of holding them.
Upon inspection, however, Walters’ attorneys discovered that there was in fact a surveillance camera directed on the spot where Walters fell. Further investigation revealed enough evidence that the video tape had existed and been intentionally destroyed to lead the judge to deduce that Kroger had been negligent.
Sure, slip and falls are embarrassing. But they can also lead to other serious injuries and subsequent financial problems. If you or someone you love was injured in a San Diego slip-and-fall accident – either on the job or in a public or commercial space – you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Contact the experienced attorneys of the Elia Law Firm, APC to find out if legal action should be taken to compensate your losses.
- Breakthrough Spinal Cord Injury Research at UC San Diego - August 26, 2021
- What to Do After a San Diego Bicycle Accident - March 4, 2020
- Who Is at Fault in a Motorcycle Lane Splitting Accident in California? - February 28, 2016