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How Do You Get Paid if You Slipped on Fruits & Vegetables?

Businessman foot about to slip and fall on a banana peel on white background
Businessman foot about to slip and fall on a banana peel on white background

It’s not something we always think about, but there is a legitimate danger at supermarkets. The risk of slipping on fallen food like smashed grapes, tangerines, and pieces of lettuce. Along with celery and other types of foreign foods like Kiwis and Passionfruit. These typically involve the smaller, thin-skinned foods that explode upon hitting the ground, or after becoming stepped upon.

Sometimes there is nothing a shopper can do to get compensation. Other times, the grocer, or one of its agents is legally and thus, financially responsible to “indemnify” you.

Causes and Legal Options

When going to the supermarket to buy food for your family, the last thing you want to worry about is suffering an injury. While not common, slip and trip injuries in grocery stores happen every day in this country.

Depending on the objects around and the slipperiness of the floor, such accidents can cause soft tissue damage, broken bones, and long-term medical issues. Being able to find and pay for proper medical care in the aftermath of such an accident is paramount.


Liquids and Slick Substances

Such a setting is not usually top on the list considered a risk to travel to. However, there have been quite a few accidents involving liquids or objects creating slip and trip hazards at grocery stores.  Due to issues with the products themselves. Their manufacture and packaging or placement errors caused by the store’s staff. These could be a problem for anyone traveling the aisles.

This can especially be the case for fruit– grapes and Kiwi fruits are a significant example of foods that fall and smash out slippery fluids and jelly-like substances. Besides, once the item creates the hazard, it is the responsibility of the grocery to make sure that it’s cleaned up.

So this means the landowner or manager must make reasonable inspections. After all, they know that there is a high probability that someone will slip in the fruits and vegetable sections. They must inspect the milk and juices sections as well.

What If I Was Injured in Smashed Grapes, Bananas or Passion Fruit?

If you have suffered injury by such a slip, trip, or fall, it is important to find the right legal and medical options immediately. Banana peels and slipping characters often get depicted in cartoons for a reason.

But grapes and even passion fruits ripen fast and smash easily. If you fall in these foods, there is a chance you will be out of commission for a while.


Attorneys Can Guide Your Decision Making Process in a Fruits or Vegetable Slip and Fall Case.

Often the right attorney can help you find, and in some cases pay for, the correct medical treatment for your injury. Michael Ehline specializes in personal injury and trip and fall accidents.

As a disabled, former Marine, he understands the pain of severe injury and how best to proceed. He’s helped hundreds of clients get back on their feet– in more ways than one. He can help pay for the cost of treatment, lost work, and long-term expenses.

For more information or to set up a free consultation, please call Ehline Law’s offices today. We answer any time of the day or night and wish to offer you the best, most personable service we can.

Our team works on contingency and will not ask for any money unless we recover for you. We will travel anywhere in California to give our advice or feel free to come into one of our many offices.

Further Reading:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2013-100/pdfs/2013-100.pdf   Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls in Wholesale and Retail

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/slip-fall-claims-premises-liability  Slip and Fall Claims and Premises Liability – Nolo.com

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