Family Dollar is one of the most popular Dollar Stores in the United States. Family Dollar has a chain of over 7,800 stores in the United States where slip and fall injuries occur on nearly a daily basis.
Shaw Law Offices has experience in slip and falls in Dollar Stores.
So, you've fallen and injured yourself at Family Dollar. 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 Family Dollar 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 Family Dollar and most 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
Family Dollar has an extensive set of safety guidelines but, like many discount retail stores, Family Dollar 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.
Family Dollar generally stocks items on set days throughout the week. Like all Dollar Stores, Family Dollar 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).
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. We have 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.
With regard to slip and falls on snowy parking lots and sidewalks, Family Dollar generally does NOT own the parking lot where the injuries occurred -- but rather Family Dollar is a tenant in a large, strip mall or multi-tenant complex. In those cases, it is important to discover the actual owner of the property and exactly who or what business had the duty to maintain the land in a reasonably safe condition for customers. We can help you do that.
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 Family Dollar slip and fall.
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