Unfortunately, department stores are more dangerous than you may realize. Often, customers are injured due to spills, tripping hazards, poor lighting, and more. If you have been injured in a department store accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on and speak with our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to learn more.
Can I Recover Compensation for a Department Store Accident?
If you have been injured in a department store accident, you may be facing physical, emotional, and financial struggles. If your injuries were caused by another party’s negligence, it is likely that you deserve compensation to help ease the burdens you now face. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence.
Who is Responsible for a Department Store Accident?
In New Jersey, store owners and employees must make sure the premises are safe for shoppers at all times. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to make sure everything is in order. If there is a potential hazard, it should be fixed immediately. If these inspections are not conducted, or an issue goes unresolved, a customer can be severely injured as a result. If you were injured in this case, we will most likely file a premises liability claim. In other cases, however, if it is determined that you were injured because of a negligently designed or produced product you either purchased from a department store, or a piece of machinery you used in a department store, such as an elevator or escalator, you will most likely file a product liability lawsuit.
Providing Proof of Negligence
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence. One way to do this is by taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. If anyone saw your accident occur, you should ask for their name and contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events. Additionally, it is important to seek medical attention immediately after the accident. It is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this will allow you to obtain proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within this amount of time will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a department store accident, contact our firm today.
Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.