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Kids Exposed to Broken Glass at Grocery Store…

Submitted By: Krystal (Columbus, GA, USA)

I’m a mother of 3 boys, only two were with me at the time of incident (aged 2 years and 9 months). I went to check out at a grocery store. I was on lane 5 and the incident happened on lane 4. An older lady dropped a big glass bottle and it exploded everywhere.

The glass was visually seen on top of my groceries and under the cart, none was noticed on the kids at the time. The kids were in the cart, the 9 month old in front in a baby seat and the 2 year old was in the shopping basket section.

I informed both the bagger and cashier to be careful because the glass was on my items. I then went to the car and proceeded to put the groceries inside when I noticed more glass on my purchased food. This upset me very much. I felt hurt and mad at the fact my kids could be injured.

At that time I went back into the store and talked to the supervisor and told him what happened. He then in a rude manner asked me if they were hurt or needed a ambulance. I explained to him I could not afford an ambulance and that I would take them to their personal pediatrician. I have 3 witnesses and I recorded the entire conversation.

I feel as if the product should have had a handle on it and my kids could be prone to later health issues due to this incident. Glass was also found throughout my 2 year old’s hair later. What can I do about this negligence and potential for harm to my children?

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Dear Krystal,

Take your children to their pediatrician or the closest hospital emergency room immediately. Inspect every item of food you purchased from the store and rinse those items in clean water.

If any of the food you purchased was exposed to the air, throw it out. Do not allow your children to consume any of the food until you are absolutely sure no glass particles remain.

Be sure your children have been bathed to remove any glass particles. Sometimes broken glass particles can be so small they can only be seen with a magnifying glass.

Hopefully the pediatrician’s examination of your children will find they weren’t injured, and won’t suffer any future health issues as a result of the incident.

The rudeness of the store manager isn’t sufficient grounds for an injury claim. Without injuries to your children you don’t have the basis of a personal injury claim.

Contact the store manager’s supervisor. Explain what happened. If the store is one in a chain of stores, contact the corporate office. At a minimum you should be reimbursed for the cost of the pediatrician or emergency room.

If you had to miss any work to take your children to the pediatrician or emergency room you should also be reimbursed for your lost wages.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: December 11, 2012

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