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When you think of the supermarket, you probably don’t imagine sustaining an injury. Unfortunately, supermarket accidents are more common than you may realize. Read on to learn more about supermarket accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an injury.

Most Common Causes of Supermarket Injuries

Supermarket accidents can occur for any number of reasons. In fact, when it comes to the supermarket, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Some of the most common causes of accidents include:

  • Inadequate security
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Aisle obstructions 
  • Water spilled on restroom floors
  • Broken or defective grocery carts
  • Improperly positioned floor mats
  • Freshly mopped floors without proper hazard warning signs
  • Unstable displays
  • Potholes in supermarket parking lots
  • Falling debris and falling items from the shelves
  • Tainted or spoiled food
  • Slippery entrances and exits 
  • Poor pavement and walkway conditions

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to do so, you will need to prove that this negligence occurred. To do this, there are a few important steps you will want to take.

  1. Seek medical attention. Make sure to request a copy of any relevant medical documents.
  2. Document the scene. Take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident.
  3. Notify the manager. The manager will file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report.
  4. Obtain witness contacts. If any bystanders witnessed your accident occur, ask for their contact information so they can corroborate your version of events if need be.
  5. Hire a skilled personal injury attorney.
  6. Make sure to file your personal injury claim on time.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you wish to pursue legal action, you will need to file a personal injury claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years. This means that if you fail to file your claim within two years of the date of the accident, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. To avoid this, make sure to retain the help of a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a supermarket accident, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated and experienced attorney about your case.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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