CVS, Consumer Value Stores, was founded in Massachusetts in 1963. Now called CVS Pharmacy, it is part of the CVS Health Corporation headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
CVS Pharmacy locations can be found in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. With 9,900 retail outlets, including 354 in Georgia, there is a good chance you have visited a CVS store in your pursuit of better health. However, if employee negligence causes you to slip and fall, your health may suffer.
Slip and fall accidents can happen at any place of business. Employees may have improper training or are too busy to respond to a store hazard. CVS stores are large, making it difficult for employees to watch for hazards in every aisle.
Slip and fall injuries are costly and painful, but CVS may be liable for your injuries and you may be eligible for compensation. Call John Foy & Associates today at (404) 400-4000 to find out more about what you can do following a slip and fall injury in a CVS store.
Potential Slip and Fall Dangers at CVS
Possible slip and fall dangers you may encounter at a CVS Pharmacy include:
- Merchandise waiting to be stocked blocking an aisle
- Uneven flooring, broken tiles, or improperly placed floor mats
- Spilled drinks or other liquids from grocery items dropped on the ground
- Leaky shampoo or lotion bottles causing slippery floors
- Freshly mopped floors
- Burned out or insufficient light bulbs creating poor visual conditions
- Wet entryway conditions caused by other shoppers or employees tracking in rain or snow
- Standing water from malfunctioning coolers, water fountains, or plumbing
If CVS employees are not able to fix these conditions promptly or do not put out safety signs to alert you to these hazards, CVS could be held liable for your injuries. Property owners have a duty of care to ensure your safety while shopping in their store. This is called premises liability. The premises of a CVS include the sidewalk in front of the store, the parking lot, and the total interior of the pharmacy.
In Georgia, a valid premises liability case must prove:
- The store managers or any of the store’s employees knew about the hazard.
- The store managers or any of the store’s employees did nothing to remove the hazard.
- You knew nothing about the hazard prior to your slip and fall.
- You were injured as a result of your fall.
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Actions to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
A CVS Pharmacy slip and fall accident may leave you with a concussion, broken bones, neck or back injuries, or even brain trauma. To prepare for a lawsuit, take the following steps if possible:
- Get treatment for your injuries. Cover any open wounds and call 911 if you need emergency medical attention.
- Take photographs of the accident scene before it’s altered.
- Ask other shoppers if they witnessed your fall. Write down the contact information of anyone who can corroborate your version of events.
- Talk to the CVS shift manager to report the incident.
- Make an appointment with your doctor to seek treatment. Hang on to medical bills and other important paperwork to document your injuries.
- Do not sign any forms offered by CVS management, their lawyers, or insurance company.
- Talk to a slip and fall attorney right away.
Georgia law stipulates a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. In other words, you must file your claim against CVS Pharmacy within two years from the day of your slip and fall accident. An experienced lawyer can help make sure you meet this deadline.
Put the Strong Arm of John Foy to Work for You
Call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000 any time of the day or night to schedule your no-cost consultation.
Our 40 attorney teams, and more than 130 employees, and support staff are committed to fighting for your rights. Let us help you by:
- Gathering pertinent documents — Pertinent documents include video footage, medical records, medical bills, and employer verification of lost wages.
- Investigating your slip and fall accident — We will review available video, talk to witnesses, and interview CVS employees.
- Negotiating with CVS Health Corporation — Large corporations like CVS have lawyers who will try and get you to admit fault. You can avoid this by letting us represent you and negotiate on your behalf.
Contact John Foy & Associates now if you were injured in a slip and fall accident at a Georgia CVS store. Call us at (404) 400-4000 and let us put our Strong Arm to work for you.