Costco is a warehouse-type retail store that is exclusive to members, much like Sam’s Club. It is the largest retailer of its kind and has helped innovate the members-only supermarket industry. As with Sam’s Club and Home Depot, Costco’s organization of items and store layout is similar to a large warehouse.
If you’ve visited a Costco store, you would have noticed the high shelving units that are lined up throughout the store. There are also sections of the store that have display cases and even employees giving away samples of food products. While this type of environment can make for a pleasant shopping experience for customers, they also create hazards, such as wet/slippery floors and items falling from shelves. Due to the organization and layout of Costco stores, there have been many injury cases involving customers in slip-and-fall accidents due to employee’s negligence. If you have suffered a slip and fall injury, you could be entitled to damages.
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Liability In CostCo Injury Claims
Slip-and-fall accidents are covered under Pennsylvania premises liability law. Businesses are liable for injuries on their property caused by the store’s negligence.
How can you tell if Costco is responsible for your injuries? Here are few examples of negligent premise liability scenarios:
1. A Costco employee does not properly post ‘Caution Wet Floor’ signs near or on a wet floor where a customer slips while shopping. The customer’s arm is fractured as a result of the injury.
2. A Costco employee does not properly clean up spills in the aisle after a report is made and a customer suffers an injury after slipping-and-fallling on the spill.
3. A Costco employee ignores objects that threaten to fall from high shelves and injure a customer.
4. A Costco employee does not address uneven or damaged floors that can cause people to trip and later injure a customer.
Building A Strong Case Against Costco
First and foremost, seek immediate medical treatment for your injury. Not only is your safety and health of the utmost importance, but this will also help you build a case against Costco for negligence. For instance, waiting to treat an injury caused at a Costco location will give Costco defense attorneys the defense that your injury were worsened by your delay in seeking prompt medical treatment. A doctor’s report can be strong evidence in your case, which would detail the type of injuries suffered and the possible causes. If the medical report is consistent with your accident claim, the jury will be more inclined to believe you.
In every case, should request an incident report from the store in which the accident occurred. Each store is required to provide you with a proper incident report.
If you are able, get the names and phone numbers of other customers who were near you during the incident, especially if they saw it happen.
Last but not least, consult with a professional experienced Pittsburgh personal injury attorney who specializes in premises liability. Our CostCo personal injury attorneys have handled thousands of personal injury cases, and we specialize in every kind of premises liability.
Contact A Pennsylvania CostCo Injury Lawyer
Please feel free to contact our team of Pennsylvania CostCo injury lawyers to discuss your case. They offer free consultations and charge no fee unless they recover on your behalf.
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