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How quickly should a grocery store clean a spill?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2023 | Injuries

When you go to a grocery store, you expect to get what you need and leave. However, this may not always be the case, as you may be involved in a slip and fall accident. Different factors can lead to such an accident, including spills. 

If you are injured in a grocery store, you may have grounds to file a premises liability claim. But you may need to prove the store neglected the spill. 

So, how soon should they have cleaned it? Here is what you should know.

As fast as is reasonably possible

A spill may occur due to leaks from frozen fruits and vegetables or freezers. Also, a customer may spill a drink in an aisle, perhaps a kid fell while drinking juice, or someone took a torn packet of milk and moved around without knowing. A grocery store should have enough employees in aisles and restrooms to clean spills when they happen. If a spill is left unattended long enough, this may constitute negligence.

How can you prove negligence?

If you file a claim against the store, they may argue that the spill has just happened and an employee was rushing to clean it before you slipped. However, with legal help, the court may permit you to access the store’s video footage to compare the time between the spill and your accident.

Further, if after the accident you spoke to witnesses who attested they had noticed the spill for some time, and you took their details, their statements may also come in handy.

A slip and fall accident due to a spill can lead to significant injuries. And due to the aspect of proving negligence, this type of case can be complicated. Thus, you should seek out the right knowledge and experience to receive the compensation you deserve. 

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