Can You Sue a Store for Negligence?
Yes, you can sue a store for negligence. In order to have a successful lawsuit, you need to prove that the store was negligent, and you were hurt as a result of that negligence.
Most public places have a duty of care towards their customers. Essentially, this means that they must take reasonable precautions towards their patrons to ensure that their place of business does not harm them. This means that puddles of water on the floor must be cleaned up quickly, or that there must be a sign in place to warn customers. On top of that, it means that walking spaces must be reasonably clean of obstructions.
While accidents happen, it is necessary to prove that the store was negligent. This is difficult to do if you are not a lawyer. Our team of experienced lawyers will be able to help.
What Happens When You Are Injured In A Store?
There are a few different things that you can do to help your case. Many grocery store slip and fall settlement cases come down to who has the better documentation, which is something that you can help yourself with. After the accident has occurred, it is a good idea to take photos of the place where the incident happened. It is also a good idea to get a copy of the incident report. The police will take notes on what happened – this is the incident report you should be looking for. On top of that, it is helpful to ask for statements from any witnesses that saw you have your accident.
One of the best things that you can do to help yourself is to go to a doctor. Keep in mind that even if you feel fine the day of the incident, you are still going to want to see a medical professional. This is done for two reasons: the first is that some injuries, especially neck and spine injuries, do not manifest until a few days after the accident. The second is so that you can understand exactly how much you can ask for when you are going through with either a case or a settlement.
Common Retail Store Injury Claims
There are many reasons that you would be able to sue a retail location. The following is not meant to be a complete list. If you think that you may have a claim, it would be better if you called us for a free consultation to ask about the case. Check out the following list as a source of ideas:
- Liquids spilled on the ground
- Aisle obstructions
- Faulty staircases
- Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
- Merchandise falling off the shelves
- The shelves falling on top of people
- Breakdowns in the mechanical doors
- Insufficient lighting in the parking lots
To reiterate, this is not everything that can lead to a lawsuit in a retail store environment. There may be other instances that can lead to litigation.
Pursuing Compensation for Retail Store Injuries
If you have been hurt in a retail store, you have a chance to make things right. The law will let you pursue compensation. This means that you have the opportunity to bring the retailer to a court of law, and have them pay for your medical costs. This can also include lost wages if you were so hurt that you cannot work.
Facing the legal system by yourself can seem like you are fighting against a giant. That is where we step in. Our team has already helped many people, and the next successful case can be yours. Call Panter Law today to get started.
Our success with burn injury cases has been no accident. It is the result of the honest hard work and thorough preparation we bring to all of our personal injury cases. We also believe in the importance of keeping the client and his or her needs in focus while all this is going on. Our lawyers keep in close touch with clients and their families during the investigation, research, negotiation and litigation phases of the process, and we encourage them to ask questions freely and to be as involved in their cases as they would like.