You may be at Rite Aid for vaccination, to shop for vitamins and supplements, contraception, or personal hygiene products. There are many items to be purchased at a local pharmacy, and many needs to be satisfied. However, one thing that never crosses a customer’s list of things to get at Rite Aid is a life-changing injury resulting from a slip and fall.
All it takes is a simple oversight, such as a freshly mopped tile floor or a spilled product, to turn an otherwise safe place to visit into a hazard for your health and safety. If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, our lawyers are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to assist.
Schedule your free consultation by calling Kwartler Manus, LLC (267) 214-8608 or send us a message.
What are Rite Aid slip and fall lawsuits?
When a customer enters a Rite Aid, the store in question assumes responsibility in doing everything possible to keep said customer safe while shopping. This consists of maintaining the store’s parking lot and surrounding sidewalks, ensuring the store aisles are free from any items or spills on the ground, and checking for anything else that may cause harm. The store’s management and employees have that duty owed to its customers. If that duty is not upheld, a customer may suffer an injury resulting from a slip and fall accident.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of the top hazards in slip, trip, and fall cases are:
- Contaminants on the floor
- Poorly functioning drainage
- Walking Surface Irregularities
- Poorly maintained stairs and handrails
- Inadequate lighting
- Improper use of floor mats and runners
- Cords, wires, clutter and any other objects that promote tripping
- Weather Conditions: including ice, snow and rain
If store management or employees fail to resolve these hazards or warn customers of their existence and injury occurs, the customer can sue Rite Aid for negligence. Negligence is a reasonable claim as negligence simply involves failing to take proper care via action or inaction.
What are Damages?
Compensations awarded as a result of a negligence claim are known as damages. These damages can be varying sums of economic and non-economic values. Economic damages consist of tangible losses a victim has or will have because of their accident. These are more concrete, since they can be documented and calculated easily. Medical expenses are usually the most significant form of this. In a slip and fall accident, medical expenses can consist of the initial visit and stay to the hospital, as well as any follow up treatment or therapy related to the injury that persists afterward.
Another form of economic damages that can be awarded in a slip and fall accident are lost wages. A victim may be out of work ranging from a few days or weeks to several months or years. A victim may even be never able to work in their profession again as a result of their slip and fall accident.
Some more evidence that can be used to prove economic damages are:
- Hospital bills
- Emergency transportation bills
- Prescription medication receipts
- Mobility devices
- Replacement services
The other form of damage from a slip and fall is non-economic. Unlike economic damages, these losses do not come with a bill or receipt, so they are often dependent on an explanation from the plaintiff of their perspective, the psychological and physiological after-effects of the accident.
Some common forms of non-economic damages are:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
- Permanent Disability
How can Kwartler Manus, LLC aid you?
Our premises liability attorneys are committed to aggressively advocating on our clients behalf, to work towards helping you achieve your legal goals. We are a team of trial veterans who have recovered millions of dollars pursuant to personal injuries. We do everything in our power with alacrity to hasten the process of getting you back to your normal life as soon as possible. Our lawyers are available 24/7 and ensure we stay in contact so that you are always updated on your case, allowing you to make the best decisions.
Please be aware that the sooner you reach out to our offices, the more time you allow us to build your case and meet Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations of two years. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations begins the day you sustain your injuries.