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I Tripped When Entering a Store. Do I Have a Case?

The Law & You
December 5, 2017

The Law and You

I Tripped When Entering a Store. Do I Have a Case?

A viewer tripped on the rug when entering a local supermarket. He fell, breaking his arm. Does he have a case against the store? Slip and fall lawyers Greg Fellerman and Harry McGrath, Jr. explain.

Dave Kuharchik: It is a slip in fall at a store. We’re going to talk about it tonight on “The Law & You.” Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Harry McGrath, who is here again for Ed, are back. Good to see you guys.

Harry McGrath: What’s going on, Dave?

Dave: Alright, here’s our situation tonight. This involves a store, and we hear about these things from time to time. Todd at Kingston says, “I was shopping at a local super market and I tripped on a rug walking into the store. I fell and broke my arm. Do I have a case?” What’s Todd have to do here in Kingston.

Harry: Todd, the fact of the matter is it’s hard to tell just from the facts that you gave us, whether or not you have a case. What we can tell you is that supermarkets have an obligation to make sure that the premises are safe for the shoppers. In the event that there was something wrong with the carpet or it wasn’t properly maintained, you may have something. Just at the outset, there needs to be an investigation done so if it’s something you want to pursue, you need to talk to a lawyer because there’s surveillance tapes, there’s incident reports, there’s a lot of documentation that could either make or break your case. That’s why you need to get out in front of it, contact a lawyer, and then they can evaluate what might be there as far as a claim goes.

Greg: We get a lot of these calls with people tripping in stores and stuff. Sometimes, you’ll see that there’s other people that are involved. Not necessarily just the store. For example, the carpet. Sometimes, the stores don’t own the carpet and they subcontract it out to another company and sometimes they have to be brought into the case depending on whether or not the carpet was not installed properly, not maintained properly. There’s a whole bunch of different legal issues that are going on. Just be cognizant of that when you’re thinking about “Hey, should I do something?” When you fall, it’s kind of embarrassing, somewhat, you’re not sure if you should do something. Pick up the phone, get that consultation, and also don’t forget to put the store on notice, regardless of what happens even if you’re really not injured at least notify the store and let them know.

Dave: Good advice and, of course, if you need the help of our attorneys here today, you could give them a call, check them out online, and don’t forget results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Harry McGrath. We’ll see you again next time.

Harry: Thank You

Greg: Thank You

Dave: and “The Law & You” hotline are there for you.

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