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Supermarket Negligence

Vigorous Litigation for Supermarket Negligence Claims in New Jersey

Liability claims against NJ grocery stores

Supermarkets present many potential hazards that can cause slips, trips, falls and falling objects while you shop. In addition, spoiled food you purchase from the market can result in serious illness. All of these accidents are preventable if the establishments perform their duties under the New Jersey premises liability and products liability laws.

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was founded in 1950 to assist victims of injury in our New Jersey communities. Our team works together to maximize available compensation in your supermarket negligence case. We strive to reach a resolution as efficiently as possible so that you can have the funds you need and deserve to aid in your recovery.

Slips and falls in supermarkets

Grocery store shoppers commonly break bottles, drop fruits and knock over containers. Supermarkets should expect these mishaps as part of their business plans. Without immediate action, slippery liquids and debris on the floor create serious dangers of slip and fall accidents and resulting head trauma, ankle injury, twisted knee and wrist injury.

Although a customer may cause the initial problem, the supermarket is responsible for resulting injuries if its personnel fail to promptly clean the dangerous condition and post warnings until the problem is fully cleared. Lack of knowledge is not an excuse because the market is required to use due diligence to discover potential hazards on its premises.

Contaminated foods

Foodborne illnesses can occur when prepared foods are undercooked, meats and fish are improperly stored or produce is inadequately washed. Innumerable pathogens, parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, pesticides and chemicals can cause food poisoning, including these common contaminants:

  • E. coli
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Hepatitis
  • Intestinal roundworm
  • Listeria
  • Salmonella
  • Staphylococcus
  • Trichinosis

Our attorneys conduct a thorough investigation to track down the origins of your foodborne illness. We hold the supermarket accountable for relabeling expired food, lacking protocol for hand-washing and sanitation and failing to keep food stored at the proper temperature and away from rodents and pests. If appropriate, we may also name the food producers in your personal injury lawsuit.

Consult experienced lawyers about an injury or illness sustained in a supermarket

For more information about recovering compensation for your supermarket injury, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation with a lawyer at our Elmwood Park, Dover, Bernardsville or Newton office. A Spanish-speaking translator is available upon request.

  • In 2021, a year in which New Jersey courts were basically closed for trials, our firm still settled almost 100 cases for in excess of nine million dollars. Furthermore, our average settlement—for the first time in the firm’s 70+ year history—exceeded $100,000.00. In the last ten years, the firm’s clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.
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    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
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    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
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    One Broadway
    Suite 304
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 862-263-0770
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    150 Morristown Road
    Suite 103
    Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
    Phone: 862-263-0770
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