If I slip and fall at Publix what steps do I need to take to pursue an injury claim for compensation?
Author: Attorney Jason Macri
Publix is Florida’s most prevalent grocery store with over 700 locations throughout the state. Every year, hundreds of people become injured in Publix stores because they slip and fall on a slippery substance present on Publix’s floors. Usually, a Publix manager will respond to the scene of the fall and inquire as to whether emergency medical attention is needed. If a person requests emergency care, a Publix employee will typically call 911. If a person does not request emergency care however, Publix employees will not call 911. Instead, they will gather up the injured person’s contact information and create an incident report. The injured person is then typically told that they will be contacted by Publix risk management. Most people who slip and fall at Publix want to know if they will be provided medical attention. Typically, they are told that Publix risk management will help them get medical care. Usually, however, that does not happen.
If a person becomes injured while shopping at Publix, they should get medical attention as soon as they possibly can. If a person becomes injured and does not want to be picked up by an ambulance, which some people find embarrassing, they should seek emergency care at a hospital or urgent care center as soon as possible. Typically, slip and fall injuries will only get worse over time. Waiting to get medical treatment is not only bad for your health but is also bad for any potential case you may have against Publix.
It is very important for a person who becomes injured at Publix to find out what caused their injury. It may have been a puddle of water or a piece of fruit which has been left on the floor. Whatever the reason for the fall, it is extremely important to not only find out what it was that caused the fall, but also where the substance or debris may have come from. If the substance is a puddle, attempt to find out what is causing the puddle. For example, there may be a roof leak or a leaky freezer that is creating puddles in the store. If there is debris on the floor such as a piece of smashed fruit, try and determine where in the store that fruit came from and how it may have gotten on the floor. As your lawyers, we are required to not only prove what caused you to fall, but we must also prove that Publix had notice of the substance or debris. This is why it is very important to gather up as much information about what caused you to fall as possible.
Witnesses are very important to any case, but they are particularly important to any injury case. Having an independent witness testify as to what they saw at the time of your fall can be extremely helpful in proving your case. For example, let’s say another Publix customer was in the isle where you fell, several minutes before you got there, and noticed that there was a puddle of water on the floor. If that customer reported the puddle to Publix employees, and Publix did nothing to remove the puddle, it will be relatively easy to show that Publix had notice of the puddle. Witnesses are helpful even if they cannot help you prove notice. Just having an independent person verify how you fell or what caused you to fall is important for your case.
Try your best to document what caused you to fall. Try and take pictures of the dangerous condition if possible. Gather as much information about what happened as possible. Any piece of information can potentially help your lawyer win your case for you. Always remember that it is better to have some evidence than to have none whatsoever.
Don’t expect Publix to help you get medical treatment. It is not Publix’s best interest to have you receive medical treatment. In fact, it would be best for Publix if someone who fell in their store got no medical treatment at all. If a person who gets injured at Publix gets no medical treatment after they fall, that person will be missing a necessary element of their claim and will not be able to be successful. Publix knows this and will do their best to give you the impression that they will provide you with medical attention. Unfortunately, Publix will not help a person who has become injured in their stores get the medical attention that they need.
If you become injured at Publix, get medical attention right away. After seeking emergency medical care, call a lawyer. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer will know exactly what to do to help preserve your claim against Publix. Publix has a team of experienced lawyers on their side and you will need an experienced lawyer to help you successfully prove your claim. Our lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of cases against Publix. We offer free consultations and are always available to take your call.