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Slip-and-fall accident could cost Winn Dixie, PepsiCo, others

Reportedly, a lawsuit has been filed against several companies because of the injuries suffered by a customer at one store. A slip-and-fall accident could cost Winn-Dixie and other entities, including Pepsico. In Ohio, when someone is injured because of a slip and fall accident, he or she may have the right to file a lawsuit seeking reimbursement of medical bills, lost time from work and other damages.

The claim states that a customer slipped on a puddle of water and fell, causing injury to herself. The water was allegedly leaking from a drink cooler that was owned by Pepsi. Not only does the customer claim to have suffered physical injury from the fall, but mental pain as well. While her specific injuries are not described, her asserts that they were significant enough to cause her serious harm.

In this case, as in other premises liability cases, the defendant is accused of negligence. It is up to any business owner to make sure that all equipment is working properly so as not to cause a danger to customers. It is also the responsibility of the business owner to make sure that any spills, cracks in the floor or pavement, rumpled rugs, or other hazards are taken care of as quickly as circumstances warrant so that accidents don't occur. If the hazard cannot be corrected immediately, a sign alerting to the danger may be necessary.

The defendants are being sued for failing to make sure that their property was in working order, leaving a puddle of water on the floor and failing to have a warning sign stating that the floor could be wet. In Ohio, as in other states, a personal injury lawyer can help in cases of premises liability. Whether it is a slip and fall accident or injury that took place because of other negligence, the attorney can help guide the client through the process of pursuing a claim in court for reimbursement of damages sustained. 

Source:, "Customer sues Winn-Dixie over slip-and-fall injury", Carrie Bradon, April 3, 2017

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