Convenience Store/Gas Station Slip and Fall AccidentsApril 8, 2019 | Category: Slip and Fall Accidents | Share
The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) says the industry serves 160 million customers daily, which is half of the population of the United States. Sales are 10.8 percent of the total U.S. retail and foodservice sales, and more than 122,000 U.S. convenience stores sell fuel, with annual sales over $200 billion. Every year an estimated 263 million vehicles travel on our roadways, presenting many opportunities for slip and fall accidents when they stop at convenience stores and/or gas stations.
When slip and fall accidents occur in a convenience store/gas station, they may be caused by cracked or uneven pavement; spilled and pooled gasoline and oil; accumulated water and debris; poorly maintained bathrooms, where water, soap or other fluids have spilled onto the floors; or poorly stocked shelves.
There are many types of injuries which can result from these slip and fall accidents, including back and neck injuries, broken bones, head wounds, concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, nerve damage, and soft-tissue sprains, strains, bruises and scrapes.
Slip and fall injuries can be very painful and have long-term ramifications. WebMD says that if a patient suffers a broken leg in a slip and fall accident, it can take several weeks or months to heal fully, depending on how badly the bone is broken and how healthy and young the patient is. Most broken bones heal in 6-8 weeks.
Should nerve damage be one of the outcomes of a slip and fall accident, WebMD says patients may have damage to two, or even three, different types of nerves, which causes the patient to experience weakness and burning in the legs at the same time. Many times, nerve damage cannot be cured entirely. WebMD recommends consulting a physician when the patient first notices symptoms, because nerve damage is often progressive.
Falls, in general, account for over 8 million emergency room visits every year. Slip and fall accidents, specifically, account for over 1 million visits, or 12 percent of total annual falls.
“When slip and fall accidents occur in convenience stores/gas stations, it is important to contact an attorney immediately after seeking medical treatment. Evidence is lost and memories fade,” said Fort Myers Slip and Fall Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Slip and fall accidents in retail establishments fall under Florida’s premises liability statute 768.0755 - Premises liability for transitory foreign substances in a business establishment:
(1) If a person slips and falls on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment, the injured person must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it. Constructive knowledge may be proven by circumstantial evidence showing that:
(a) The dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business establishment should have known of the condition; or
(b) The condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable.
(2) This section does not affect any common-law duty of care owed by a person or entity in possession or control of a business premises.
Fort Myers Slip and Fall Attorney, Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.