Supermarket Fall Lawyer


Supermarket Fall

Bowie premises liability lawyer, George Patterson filed suit in Prince George's county for a Montgomery county client that fractured her knee cap in a fall at a Germantown supermarket.  The customer slipped and fell on a wet floor near a cooling unit.  An independent witness established that the cooling unit had been leaking water days before the fall.  This evidence established that the supermarket was on notice of this dangerous condition.   The supermarket failed to place a wet floor sign near the unit or fix the cooling bin. George Patterson also hand delivered a letter to the store's manager within 24 hours of the fall notifying the store to preserve video footage of the fall.  Most video footage is lost or recorded over within a day or two.  If a store is placed on notice to preserve video the party that requested the video make seek a jury instruction from the Court that the jury may infer that the video would have hurt the case of the party that destroyed the footage.

Most store also maintain sweep logs where the time that an area was last checked for hazards may be documented.  These sweep logs can be used to identify gaps in checking areas and document that an employee simply failed to see a hazard that was present.   

The store denied liability but the testimony of the independent witness, the request for the preservation of video evidence and The case resolved shortly before trial for a settlement of $140,000 based on medical bills of about $14,000. 
Bowie premises liability lawyer, George Patterson has litigated dozens of premises liability cases involving falls in supermarkets, homes, sidewalks and commercial buildings.  If you have been injured in a fall please contact lawyer, George Patterson to arrange for a free consultation.

Each case is different.  Past records are no assurance that our lawyers will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.



The Bowie supermarket fall lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon HIll, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.
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