Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in the United States and is second only to Walmart as a general retailer. With more than 2,500 locations nationwide it’s likely that you’ve been to a Kroger store recently.
It’s no secret that this company is making money, but one of their dirty little secrets is how they KEEP a lot of that money: by doing all they can to not pay legitimate claims of its customers injured at its stores. If you have a trip and fall or slip and fall incident in a Kroger, you could have a tough battle ahead of you! The good news is that we’ve been fighting Kroger premises liability claims for over 20 years, and we’re going to share some of the “insider secrets” with you.
Remember, if you were injured in Kroger store, you need a law firm that knows how to fight and win these claims. Our attorneys have been beating major corporations like Kroger at their own game for decades, so call us right now at 1-800-898-4877 or contact us by clicking HERE to discuss your case for free.
SECRET #1—Kroger’s Insurance Company is NOT on Your Side
Like all other major retailers, Kroger carries insurance to cover its losses if someone is injured in one of its stores. However, these insurance companies are not out to pay claims—but instead to deny them, and protect their own bottom lines. That means paying on as few claims as possible. They don’t want you to know that, of course!
As a result, if you are injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall premises liability incident in a Kroger, you will more than likely find yourself dealing with an insurance company representative who seems nice, polite, and genuinely concerned about your well-being and recovery. Don’t be fooled! They are PAID to pretend to care, but they are NOT on your side! Remember that you are dealing with Kroger’s insurance company, and its goal is to minimize the amount that it pays injured victims—and if possible, to deny a claim entirely. To protect yourself, always retain an attorney to communicate with the insurance company and fight for your rights after a slip and fall accident.
SECRET #2—You Do Not Have to Give a Recorded Statement
Insurance company representatives often pressure slip and fall accident victims to give statements about what happened in their accident and about their injuries. They may even claim that giving a statement is necessary to “process” your claim or that doing so will make the process go much more quickly than it would without a statement.
There may be some circumstances where it makes sense to answer questions of a Kroger insurance representative, but that should ONLY happen AFTER they have retained a qualified attorney who knows all the tricks the adjusters try to pull.
Remember, no matter what the adjuster says to you, the goal of obtaining a recorded statement is to help the insurance company AVOID liability, NOT to help with the processing of your claim.
SECRET #3—Slip and Fall Injuries Can Be SERIOUSLY Injure You
Many people think that slipping and falling is no big deal and that victims should simply brush themselves off and walk away. In reality, many slip and falls are a VERY BIG DEAL. They leave victims with extremely serious injuries that require hospitalizations, ongoing treatments, and significant physical pain and emotional suffering. Some of the more serious injuries that people often sustain in slip and fall accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Serious lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Muscle tears
- Crush injuries
You may never imagine that a trip to the grocery store could put you in the hospital or change your life, but believe me—I’ve seen it happen!
Even if your injuries seem minor at the time, see a doctor ASAP if you experience any pain at all. If your injuries are diagnosed too late, Kroger will try to claim that the slip and fall was NOT the cause of your injuries—and try to get out of paying you what you deserve!
SECRET #4—Kroger Will Probably Question Your Injuries
When you’re injured and in pain, you know it. Unfortunately, insurance companies that are trying to pay as little as possible will often question how serious your injuries really are. This is particularly true when the injuries are invisible. For example, many people who complain about back or neck pain after a fall look totally fine, making it easier for Kroger and it’s insurance company to question whether injury victims are really as injured as they say they are. For this reason, you need a doctor to fully record all of your injuries and an attorney who can prove that you are not lying about how serious your slip and fall really was.
SECRET #5—You Can Get Paid Even if You Were Partially at Fault for Your Fall
Sometimes, people slip and fall totally because Kroger was careless—the store cut corners by failing to clean or repair a hazard. Other times, you may have been a little distracted by your shopping list, checking your phone, and maybe were a little at fault for your fall.
This does NOT let Kroger off the hook! In most states, the law allows people take legal action against negligent stores like Kroger even if they were a little to blame for their slip and fall. Your recovery may be reduced by the percentage of your fault, but you still deserve to get compensated for your injury! We can tell you when you have the right to file a claim against Kroger.
The attorneys of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law are nationally recognized slip and fall and trip and fall premises liability lawyers who have protected the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If you were injured in an accident at Kroger or any other store, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. To schedule your case evaluation, call us today at (800) 898-4877 or contact us now by clicking HERE!