Supermarket Accidents in New Jersey | What to Know

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Supermarkets see a lot of spills and products are often accidentally dropped or knocked off flimsy displays. As a result, slip and falls are common. The supermarket can seem like a mundane everyday activity, but grocery shopping may be more dangerous than you realize. If you are involved in a supermarket accident, you can become seriously injured. Read on to learn more about supermarket accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an injury.

Common Causes of Supermarket Accidents?

Supermarket accidents can be caused by any number of factors. But, for the most part, accidents are a result of:

  • Falling product displays
  • Trip and falls
  • Slip and falls on spilled liquids or leaking freezers
  • Broken shopping carts
  • Inadequate security

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. Below are some steps to take in the event of an accident:

  1. Take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. For example, if you slipped on liquid, make sure to take a photo before the spill is cleaned up.
  2. Gather the contact information of any witnesses. Bystanders who saw the accident occur may be able to provide witness statements.
  3. Notify the manager. Make sure the manager knows that an accident has occurred so he or she can file a report.
  4. Seek medical attention. If you are injured, visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care clinic. This will allow you to tend to your injuries, while simultaneously providing you with documentation of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  5. Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to gather further evidence, including security camera footage or police reports.
  6. Make sure you file your personal injury claim on time.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you are recovering from an injury, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But, it is important that you do not wait too long. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to file your claim within two years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a supermarket accident in New Jersey, reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.

Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today