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I tripped on a mat that the supermarket had at the entrance and fractured my wrist. I cannot work for at least 6 weeks because I am a hairdresser. Can I sue the supermarket?



It depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident.  If the supermarket employees negligently put down the mats, i.e., didn’t lay them flat on the floor, or didn’t properly secure them to the floor causing a dangerous tripping hazard, then you may be able to sue the supermarket.

We also need to prove that the supermarket had notice of the dangerous tripping condition, i.e., actual notice or constructive notice.

Actual notice is when the supermarket knew that the improperly laid out mats created a dangerous tripping hazard and did nothing to fix them.

Constructive notice is when the dangerous condition existed long enough so that the supermarket should have known about the condition even though it may have had no actual knowledge of it.

Suggested reading: Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Accidents at Public Establishments: How to Prove Notice (Part B)

It is important that you speak to a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in handling slip and fall cases.  Careful evaluation and investigation are needed to prevail in a Pennsylvania slip and fall accident case.  Feel free to give me a call to discuss your accident further at 877.944.8396.

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