Yokes Fresh Market has been a staple for Spokane grocery shoppers since 1946. Today, it’s one of the biggest local chains with 17 stores in the Spokane metro area. They offer a niche market to offer higher-end clientele products and services.
From their flower department, specialized bakery, local vendors, and full-service delivery, shoppers find plenty of reasons to keep coming. While these attributes are good and bring shoppers to their store, statistically, some of those shoppers are going to get injured during their visit to Yokes.
At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we know how frustrating a slip and fall accident can be. You just went to the store to pick up some food items, and now you’re at the hospital. We stand ready to help you through this tough time so you can get back on your feet physically and financially.
How Injuries Happen at a Yokes Fresh Market
A fall is the biggest cause of an injury in the U.S., and while the majority of these happen at home, many happen in retail places like grocery stores. For good reason as grocery stores are a minefield of dangerous hazards because just about anything can fall on the floor and become a risk to the unsuspecting shopper.
Food items and objects create a risk for a fall, and some of the more common fall hazards in a Yokes Fresh Market are:
- Broken wine bottles
- Cooking oil
- Pickle juice
- Fallen Signage
- Leaks from roof
- Leaks and condensation from freezers and coolers
Duty to Keep Shoppers Safe
Under Washington law, Yokes Fresh Market has a duty to keep their premises reasonably free from hazards such as spilled liquids, debris, and other problems that can cause someone to fall.
This gives them the responsibility to keep their floor reasonably clean and free of spills and hazards to prevent slip or trip and fall accidents. The difficulty injured victims have when making a claim is that just because they fall from something on the floor, doesn’t mean that the store owner is going to be liable. This is because the law allows them to claim certain defenses such as they did everything reasonable they could do to keep their place safe.
At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we know how to make a claim stick. We know their defenses and know the tricks of the insurance companies that like nothing better than to deny you compensation.
Types of Injuries in a Slip and Fall
Unfortunately, there are many ways to get injured in a Yokes Fresh Market store. Falls can come from slipping or even tripping over something left on the floor. At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we’ve seen them all, and we have experience in getting compensation for any type of injury at a grocery store.
Some of the more common injuries we’ve seen come from stores like Yokes Fresh Market are:
- Broken Wrists
- Broken Hips
- Facial Bone Fractures
- Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Severe Back Strain
- Angle Breaks/Sprains
- Deep Lacerations
- Chemical Burns
Making a Claim
Like any other personal injury claim, the injured victim has to prove negligence, and by definition, the alleged at-fault party is only negligent if they failed to do what was reasonable to prevent the injury. So, in a slip and fall case, if the store made a reasonable effort to fix the hazard, then the court might not declare them negligent.
At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we know how to make a proper and legal claim and how to counter their defenses with the facts of the case and the law. Remember, all you were doing was trying to shop at their store, and you were injured. Don’t let the insurance company put it back on you or tell you that it wasn’t the store’s fault.
Failure to Act after Becoming Aware of the Hazard
Even though a premises owner has the right to fix their problem in a reasonable amount of time, we know how to expose their claim’s weaknesses. If their negligence caused your injury, we will work to construct the most persuasive case possible to ensure your rights as a consumer are protected.
Caused the Hazard
Another way for the store to be at fault is if they caused the hazard in the first place or fixed it in a negligent way. They might have used an improper cleaning mixture on the floor causing it to be too slick, or they might have tried to fix a pipe but made it worse and caused a leak.
What you need is an attorney who understands how difficult a slip and fall case is, but has the experience to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Spokane Premises Liability Lawyer.
Established in Spokane in 1948, Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S. is committed to providing our clients with the absolute highest quality legal representation. If our Premises Liability Lawyers represent you for your accident case, you have our assurance that we will use our absolute best efforts to win your case. Contact us after any accident resulting in a serious injury for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation. We will only offer you advice which is in your best interest.