So, you've fallen and injured yourself at Dollar General. Now what do you do?
See "The 10 Steps You Need to Take to Win Your Case" above.
But, the most important of these steps is calling the right attorney.
Shaw Law Offices and Attorney Jeff Shaw has handled slip and falls against Dollar General Stores stores in Indiana.
Before you can recover anything for your injuries, you must still prove that the business was "at fault." Figuring out whether the property owner is at fault for your slip and fall is done on a case-by-case basis by a court or jury. In most instances for customers on a business property, you must prove the landowner did not act reasonably by breaching its duty to you of being "careful" like a normal business or person would be after inviting you on its property to shop or browse.
For Dollar General and most dollar stores and discount stores there are 3 typical instances how and where customers slip and fall:
- On the sidewalk or parking lot where snow and ice can accumulate
- Around where liquids are handled by customers and dropped, like milk and water aisles
- Near the entrances where outside wetness like rain and snow can be tracked inside by multiple customers
Dollar General is a chain of over 8,000 stores in the United States where slip and falls causing injuries occur on nearly a daily basis. Shaw Law Offices has more experience in cases against Dollar General than perhaps any other business (with the exception of Walmart Stores). Dollar General in Indiana has many slip and fall cases. Here, they are sued by their corporate name, Dolgen Corporation.
Dollar General has an extensive set of safety guidelines. These guidelines can be seen by your attorney, but only if a confidentiality agreement is signed during the litigation. The irony of that requirement is that there is nothing in the safety guidelines that can be considered a trade secret or proprietary.
Like many stores, Dollar General typically schedules too few employees during the day to ensure safety rules are followed. It is typical to find a violation of the safety guidelines or rules that caused the fall or slip injury.
A contributing problem for Dollar General is that all repairs must be done by a centralized home repair company in Tennessee that submits bids to local repairmen and plumbers. This slows down the repair process and often allows unsafe conditions or unreasonably dangerous conditions to continue for long periods of time. Of course, the stores do not close down during that time period.
Dollar General also employs a hand-held device that tracks all Store Manager activities during the day, including inspections of the property. I have found these inspections are not followed on a regular basis (3 are required each day that Dollar General is open). Always ask for the HHT device logs for that day when doing a Dollar General slip and fall.
Dollar General has another problem with inventory. Employees typically leave inventory in the aisles or at the end of aisles, creating tripping hazards for customers. Inventory does not come in daily nor is it stocked daily (check your local store to see if this practice has changed).
Oftentimes, Dollar General has contracts with local snow plow companies to salt and plow snow and remove ice from the parking lots. A careful examination of these contracts is necessary to know whether the provisions were followed correctly.
Another curious occurrence with Dollar General and other "Dollar Stores" with regard to slip and falls (similar to Aldi and other low-cost grocery stores) is that part of the method towards giving customers lower prices includes the procedures involved in stocking produce and other items.
Dollar General generally stocks items on set days throughout the week.
This leads to items designed for inventory stocking to be placed at the end of customer aisles (or worse, directly on the floor in front of the shelves) for later stocking. Then when employees or managers have time when the store is not busy, stocking can occur. Thus, fewer employees are needed and prices can be kept lower due to fewer man-hours involved by employees.
While this method of inventory stocking might lead to better prices due to fewer employee man-hours, it can also lead to the traffic aisles for customers being encumbered with over-sized or improperly placed items. Attorney Jeff Shaw has handled many cases where the slip and fall causing a serious injury occurs to unsuspecting customers who are not ready for items at or near the floor of the aisles encumbering their steps and path. This can lead to serious injuries and falls for customers, who are not necessarily looking at their feet because they are concentrating on the inventory/food/items in the bins or the price tags and posters designed to lead customers' eyes upwards and not down at the floor level.
These procedures can be considered unsafe and Shaw Law Offices uses the best expert witnesses throughout the United States and Indiana to explain to juries why the procedures used by these low-cost stores can lead to unsuspecting injuries to customers.
Contact us today Toll Free at (855) DID-U-FALL / (855) 343-8325 to investigate your Dollar General slip and fall.
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