Did You Slip And Fall At A Massachusetts Supermarket?
Many businesses fail to adequately protects its customers from slipping and falling on their premises. In fact, OSHA recently gave 6,000 citations to businesses for not complying with fall protection standards. Supermarkets are a common place for slips and falls. If you suffered one of these accidents, it is important to take certain steps. I am a Boston, MA supermarket slip and fall lawyer that can help you.
Common Causes of Massachusetts Supermarket Slip And Fall Accidents
There are a number of causes of slips and falls in supermarkets. Here are some of them:
- Spilled/ broken merchandise
- Excessively waxy or soapy floor
- Leaking coolers / refrigerators
- Ceiling / roof leaks
- Water tracked in from outside
Some of these cases are not worth pursuing because negligence cannot be established. Negligence means failing to use reasonable care which results in harm to someone else. The way to show negligence on the part of a supermarket in these cases depends on being able to establish one thing: notice.
If it can be shown that the store had notice of the substance you fell on, then you may have a claim. Notice can be established in one of three ways. One, that the store created the substance you fell on, and failed to correct it in a timely manner. Two, that the store knew about the substance, and failed to correct it in a timely manner. Third, that the store should have known about the substance through reasonable inspection and maintenance, but failed to do that.
Therefore, the success of your slip and fall case against a Massachusetts supermarket will depend largely on the element of notice, and whether, and how strong, that element can be established.
Boston, MA Supermarket Slip And Fall Lawyer Christopher Earley
Call us at 617 338 7400, or email me at [email protected] for your completely free consultation if you had a slip and fall accident. My office does not get paid unless your case settles or wins in court.