Believe it or not, I slipped and fell on a banana peel. This is not a joke. I was shopping at a Publix grocery store for the Thanksgiving potluck lunch my office holds every year. I was pushing a cart full of frozen turkeys through the produce aisle when my left foot went out from under me. I fell hard onto my buttocks. When I looked under my shoe-there it was a black and oily banana peel.
The produce guy came over and took the peel away and offered me a chair. Honestly, I was more embarrassed than hurt, or so I thought. I finished my shopping and went home.
The next morning I woke up and my entire backside is black and blue. My roommate says it looks like I slid into third base. Not sure what that means, but I am sore. My boss does not pay me if I take time off from work, so I went in. But during the day the pain went from an ache to– I cannot sit down. My left leg kind of tingles- like I am on pins and needles.
I am in the emergency room now waiting to be seen. But I am afraid that I am going to have big bills from this- and what if something is really wrong?
Can I make a claim against Publix even though I didn’t file a report and didn’t get the name of the produce guy? I am pretty sure I could pick him out of a lineup- if they do those kinds of things, I don’t know.
Thank you for your help,
Slipped in South Miami
Dear Slipped in South Miami,
I am sorry that you were hurt- and am happy that you went to the emergency room. Please let me know what the doctors say. Most likely you will need x-rays, and MRIs to figure out what is causing the pain and numbness in your leg.
The sooner we can begin investigating your claim against Publix, the better. The CCTV footage which Publix undoubtedly has will be crucial evidence in not just proving that you fell, but understanding how and why.
And while some may think it is funny that you fell on a banana peel, we have represented many people who have been injured at grocery stores like Publix, Winn-Dixie, Target, Sedanos, Milam’s, Whole Foods. Fresh Market and WalMart who have slipped and fallen due to discarded produce peels and pits. You are not alone.
Lastly, you may have a valid worker’s compensation claim to. Since you were arguably performing a function in the course and scope of your employment you might also be entitled to make a worker’s compensation claim. This is another reason why I am pleased you chose to contact us as soon as possible.
We offer free initial consultations to anyone who may have a potential claim against a supermarket for a slip and fall accident. Since 1991 our Miami personal injury law firm has held supermarkets and grocery stores accountable when they are careless and put their profits ahead of people. We are ready to help you. Call us today: 1-866-597-4529, 305-441-0440 or email us at [email protected] and speak to an experienced slip and fall attorney.
Thank you for your email, we look forward to being of service.
Miami Slip and Fall Lawyer