Ventura Grocery Store Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you stop to think about the places where you are most likely to get hurt, your mind might turn to a traffic accident, and you’d be right. Yet although “grocery store!” didn’t leap out to you at first, these places are actually high-risk areas for slip and fall accidents that can do more than just bruise your ego; grocery store slip and falls are responsible for many painful, costly and debilitating injuries. If you’ve had such an accident in Ventura County, Zavala Law can help. You can learn why below, but if you need help now, call us now to get guidance and assistance from an experienced Ventura grocery store slip and fall lawyer.
Grocery Store Premises Liability
Premises liability is a subset of personal injury law that focuses on the duty of property owners to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition for their customers and guests. For a grocery store, this means keeping the floors clean and dry and free from obstructions that might cause a slip or trip and fall. Even though most of your shopping trips go off without a hitch, you’ve probably noticed wet surfaces in a grocery store on more than one occasion. You were lucky to notice it and avoid it, but grocery store owners can’t rely on luck and hope for the best. They need to routinely inspect and maintain their premises, promptly cleaning up any spill and putting out a “wet floor” sign until the area is dry and safe for travel.
Slip and fall and other hazards in a grocery store are too numerous to mention, but some of the leading dangers include the following:
- A burst or broken container spills food or liquid on the floor
- Sprinklers and misters in the produce aisle make the floor dangerously slippery
- Refrigerated cases leak condensation onto the floor
- Products are left in the aisles, creating tripping hazards
- Employees negligently place displays, narrowing the aisle or sticking out to make a tripping hazard
- Products are negligently stacked on high shelves, where they could fall and strike a customer, or break and create a slipping or tripping hazard
- Employees stock shelves during business hours, blocking aisles and creating dangerous situations
- Carpets and floor mats are either missing or mislaid
- Lighting is inadequate or not functioning
- Sidewalks and parking lots are not maintained, creating tripping hazards due to cracks and broken asphalt or concrete
It might seem obvious after a slip and fall in a grocery store that the store is liable for the accident, but store owners and their insurance companies don’t always see it that way. They are more likely to claim the employees didn’t have time to learn about the spill and clean it up before the accident happened, or they’ll say the danger was obvious and easy to avoid. If they do admit liability, they’ll probably try to downplay how bad the fall was and make a lowball offer to settle your claim and send you on your way, releasing them of liability before you find out how seriously you’ve been hurt.
Why Matt Zavala and Zavala Law?
There are lots of reasons to turn to Zavala Law after a grocery store slip and fall in Ventura County. Attorney Matt Zavala spent more than a decade working for insurance companies and defending property owners in premises liability and other personal injury claims. Matt knows the tactics the insurance company will use to avoid liability or minimize their payout, and he knows how to build a case that stands up to those tactics and defeats them. Additionally, Matt has a wealth of trial and litigation experience, so the party on the other side of the case knows he means business and is willing and able to go to court if a fair settlement can’t be reached. Matt’s skills and background can’t be underestimated when you’re going up against a well-heeled grocery chain like Aldi, Ralphs or Vons.
On top of having the necessary skills and resources to win your case, what really sets Zavala Law apart is the level of personal service we provide. Here you’ll find an attorney who is super accessible to you whenever you need him and who you can easily relate to. We focus just as hard on providing you with a positive client experience as we do on achieving great results. If this matters to you, then Zavala Law is the law firm for you.
When you pick up the phone and dial Zavala Law, you’re not just getting an attorney—you’re gaining an advocate. Matt and his team will walk you through the legal maze, answering all your questions and demystifying the process. We’ll negotiate aggressively with insurance companies, and if push comes to shove, we’re not afraid to take the case to trial.
Contact Zavala Law Today
If you’ve had a grocery store slip and fall accident in Ventura County, you need someone who knows how to navigate the legal terrain. Matt Zavala and the team at Zavala Law are just the advocates you need. Ready to turn the page and get your life back on track? Call Zavala Law for a free consultation at 805-429-4292.