These days the lines at the local pharmacy are long, and getting longer. Customers are flocking to the drugstore to make sure they have an adequate supply of their prescription medication on hand. Additionally, national pharmacy chains such as Walgreens offer a comprehensive set of over the counter (OTC) medications to address various medical conditions ranging from common head colds, flu, viruses, sore throats, and aches and pains. What many customers are not expecting when they head to the drugstore with the anticipation of addressing their various medical ailments and conditions, is that in doing so, they are at risk of suffering serious bodily injury in a slip and fall accident.
Such was the situation when a 64-year old retired man slipped and fell on a patch of ice in front of his local suburban Walgreens’ store. The man was walking back to his car after making his purchases when he fell on the dark and slick patch of ice on the sidewalk. As a result, the man suffered injuries to his shoulder and hand. His treatment involved surgery and weeks of outpatient physical therapy. Slip and fall accidents often result in serious injuries to unsuspecting victims.
Stores such as Walgreens have a duty to keep their premises safe and secure and free of any defects, obstacles, or other debris that are reasonably understood to potentially cause a shopper at its stores to slip and fall, trip, or otherwise suffer an injury. The failure of a store operator to remove known hazards can create an unsafe environment for patrons. Sometimes, stores fail to address such defects, obstacles, or debris in a timely manner, even when they have knowledge of them. Such slip and fall cases can become somewhat complicated, especially if there are permanent and debilitating injuries involved. An experienced personal injury attorney in Santa Fe can help injured victims gather the necessary medical evidence to show the long-term harm or injuries suffered.
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The truth is that slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere — at any business or retail establishment, or even at a friend’s house. When these accidents occur due to the negligence of a property owner to maintain a safe environment, injured victims deserve to be compensated for what can be a long road to recovery.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a slip and fall at Walgreens or any other pharmacy store, you need a seasoned civil and personal injury attorney on your side to help you evaluate and seek recovery. Personal injury cases can be complex, and involve extensive emotional and personal damages. Contact Slate Stern Law for more information about how our personal injury lawyers can assist you.