Giant Foods is indeed a giant. The company is nearly 100 years old, and it consists of nearly 200 stores with 33,000 employees. Giant also operates pharmacies in most of its stores. With that many retail locations and customers, accidents are going to happen. Some of those accidents involve trip-and-falls on a property that is owned or occupied by Giant.
How Do Trip-and-Falls Happen at Giant?
Some trip-and-fall victims suffer serious injuries. The actual tripping incidents often result from the carelessness and negligence of Giant employees. Here are some examples of how some of those trip-and-falls occur:
- Bunched up or wrinkled floor mats.
- Curled up edges on floor mats.
- Obstructions like boxes and food in aisles.
- Uneven floor surfaces.
- Poor lighting conditions.
- Holes in parking lots or sidewalks.
- Cracks in pavement or uneven pavement.
Giant’s Duty of Care
As a retailer that’s open to the public, there is a legal obligation incumbent upon Giant to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition that’s free from hazards that might injure the public. Giant can even be held liable for negligence on its premises, even if it didn’t cause the condition that injured the victim. It must be shown that Giant knew or should have known of the hazard and failed to do anything about it within a reasonable period of time though.
What to Do in the Event of a Trip-and-Fall
If you feel that you’ve been seriously injured in a trip-and-fall, immediately report the accident to management. Insist that a written report be completed. Then, ask management to call 911 on your behalf. Don’t give any statements to Giant’s claims representative. Pennsylvania law doesn’t require you to do that. If that individual says that your claim file will be closed without a statement, let him or her close it. We can have it opened again with a phone call.
Retain Experienced and Effective Counsel
Giant is in the business of retail sales and not the business of compensating innocent victims of accidents for their injuries and damages. Evidence needs to be preserved quickly, and it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do that yourself. To give yourself the best chance at building a strong case, you need to retain an experienced and aggressive personal injury law firm to represent you right away after being injured.
Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file. Contact her today to get on track with your legal recovery process.