Most retail stores go to great measures to run clean and safe establishments. Of course, anytime there are people in and out and products that contain liquids or oils, there is a chance for a spill. If the store acts quickly and resolves the problem then all is well. But, if they ignore the spill, or ignore a leaky freezer or damaged (leaking) roof and someone is hurt, the retail store may be liable for injuries and all that comes with that.
The fact is, accidents always have a cause. They do not “just happen.” Most of the time, negligence is a major factor.
What To Do When Slip and Fall Happens In a Store?
There are times when someone has an accident in a retail store, and they do not think they are injured. It may be a day or two before they begin to feel pain above expected soreness. In order for this person to be paid for their medical bills and the expenses that will incur in the future, they must have the right proof. This is a good time to contact a slip and fall lawyer. The slip and fall attorney can help compile the information that is needed to see justice is done for the victim.
What Are The Common Causes?
The National Retail Federation reports that the most common are:
- Spills of liquid onto the floor
- Obstructions on stairways
- Staircases, elevators, and escalators that are in disrepair
- Merchandise falling from shelves
- Jagged or rough edges on shelves
- Mechanical door breakdowns
- Inadequate lighting in parking lots and walkways
What Proof Is Needed?
You(and your slip and fall attorneys) must prove the following elements:
- A dangerous situation or condition caused your injuries.
- The retailer knew of the dangerous condition and neglected to resolve the problem in a timely and adequate manner
- You didn’t do anything to contribute to your own injury.
- The dangerous condition was the direct cause of your injuries
- Your injuries and resulting damages are legitimate
These points are the basis of just about every negligence claim against a retail establishment.
Tips For Getting The Evidence You Need
- At the time of the accident, ask the management to call 911. If they do not, then use your own cell phone or someone else’s to call yourself.
- Take pictures of the area. If you are unable to do so, ask someone else to take photographs for you.
- Gather the information of any witnesses to the accident. Do not forget about employees that saw the accident.
- Ask the store owner or manager to fill out an incident report and provide you with a copy. (If they do not, they will have to provide a copy to their insurance company so you can get a copy from them.)
- Go to your doctor as soon as possible.
Keep copies of all medical bills, medications, equipment needed, and any other expense that is directly attributed to your injury.