The Kroger company has over 2400 stores in 31 states. In addition to its branded Kroger stores, the company operates or owns numerous other brands including Smith’s Marketplace, Fry’s Marketplace, Dillons, Food4less and many other stores. They also operate 700 convenience stores in 19 states. With so many stores in so many states, it is no wonder that slip and fall accidents sometimes occur in Kroger-owned businesses.
One of the most well-known slip and fall cases involved a Kroger store. In Robinson v. Kroger, the Georgia Supreme changed the state’s standard for slip and fall accident victims when it ruled that a judge could not presume that a shopper failed to act with ordinary care when the shopper’s vision may have been obscured.
In a recent case, a court ordered Kroger to pay $2.3 million to a man injured after slipping on a piece of smashed fruit. The man suffered severe spinal cord damage. It was later discovered that the Kroger store at the center of the lawsuit had intentionally destroyed the video footage of the accident.
Not every slip and fall results in an injury, and not every slip and fall results in a judgment against the store. If you are injured in a slip and fall in a Kroger-owned store, for example, you should not presume that you will recover financial damages. You are only entitled to seek damages for your injuries and receive a fair compensation settlement when the negligent behavior of others was to blame for your injuries. All retail and grocery store owners owe a duty to their customers in keeping their premises safe. But the burden in court is on the person injured who brings the lawsuit to prove liability. That’s not always so easy.
In order to successfully sue a Kroger for a slip and fall, the injured person must that the store was negligent and that the negligence led to the person’s injury. Other things that must be shown in order to hold Kroger liable include:
- That Kroger knew about the situation and failed to take action to fix the problem,
- An employee was directly responsible by creating the dangerous condition,
- The employees had time to discover the problem and clean it up, and
- the employees failed to provide proper warnings around the condition by placing signs or barricades
If you or a loved one was injured while visiting a Kroger store, contact our office immediately. Our law firm handles lawsuits against Kroger from across the country.