As the weather changes, you may find yourself shopping for spring and summer staples. Unfortunately, a simple trip to the department store can be more dangerous than you may realize. Read on to learn more about how these accidents occur, what to do in the event of an injury, and more.
How do department store accidents occur?
Department store accidents can occur for any number of reasons. However, injuries are often a result of:
- Falling merchandise from shelves
- Spills left uncleaned
- Liquids on bathroom floors
- Poorly placed floor mats
- Defective escalators, elevators, or other equipment used in the store
- Poorly lit parking lots
- Lack of security
Who is responsible for a department store accident?
Department store owners and staff are responsible for ensuring that patrons are safe at all times. This generally involves conducting routine inspections to ensure that there are no hazards present and that any hazards are addressed before an injury occurs. If these inspections are not conducted, visitors can become seriously injured. You may be able to hold a department store accountable for your injuries if you can prove that they knew, or reasonably should have known, about the hazard that caused your accident to occur. In order to do so, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof.
Fulfilling the burden of proof:
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. To recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will need to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to gather proof of negligence. After your accident occurs, be sure to:
- Alert the store manager: This will allow the manager to file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report.
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct witness interviews, and more.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries, which can play a large role in a personal injury case. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant legal documents.
- Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
If you have been injured in a department store accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.
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