Slip, Trip & Fall: Department Store, Walmart and Supermarket Accident Claims

Each year, thousands of people are injured in accidents in department stores such as Walmart, Home Depot or Target in Kingston, NY as well as supermarkets. Usually these stores are well maintained, but did you know that if you slip, trip and fall on the property of a supermarket, Walmart or department store in Ulster, Greene or Dutchess county, you may have a valid legal claim against the business?

Do You Have a Supermarket Accident Injury Claim?

In short, it must be proven that the store’s staff was negligent and the unsafe condition resulted in your injury. It also needs to be demonstrated that the store’s management knew or should reasonably have known about the unsafe condition and did not fix it promptly.

How Can I Prove the Store or Supermarket was Liable for My Injury?

Take photographs and fill out an accident report at the store! Proving that the supermarket is liable for an injury is key. The injured person needs to prove that the store owner or manager knew about the condition and they took no action to fix it, and the injured must have valid documentation for the injuries sustained from the incident.

To determine liability from a store or supermarket injury accident on their property, one of the following must be true:

  • The owner of the property or an employee caused a spill or damaged a surface.
  • The owner of the property or an employee must have been aware about the dangerous surface but did nothing to fix it.
  • The owner of the property or an employee should have known about the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered it and removed it.

Who is responsible?

If the store owner owns the property, then the responsible party would be the store owner. However, many store owners lease their property, so you may have a legal claim against the landlord/property owner.

  • Example 1: if you slipped and fell at Shop Rite due to a structural issue with the building like a water leak, your injury claim would be against the property owner.
  • Example 2: if you slipped and fell at Hannaford due to a wet floor without safety cones or warning signs around the wet surface to alert you, your injury claim would be against Hannaford.

Contact us today!

Get help if you were injured in a slip, trip and fall accident in a grocery or department store. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills and lost wages. Our legal team will evaluate your case for free and answer any questions you have when you call 845-338-8884 or send an email. Don’t wait… we have important advice and there is no fee unless we win.


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