Steps to Take If You Fall in a Store
Had a Slip and Fall in a Store?
Retail stores are responsible for keeping their properties safe and easy to navigate so that patrons do not slip and fall and sustain injuries.
Therefore, if you do suffer a fall in a store, you may have the right to seek compensation to cover the medical expenses and time lost at work resulting from your injuries.
After a fall, it is important to take some key steps to document the incident should legal action become necessary to hold the store accountable for the hazards that led to your injuries.
Talk to the Store Manager
If you get hurt from a fall, you may feel embarrassed about the injury, but it is still important to alert store employees and the manager on duty.
Leaving the store without speaking to a manager could make it hard to prove what happened later on.
Call for Emergency Assistance if Needed
While it is important to report and document the incident, you will not want to neglect emergency care if your injuries are serious.
Dial 9-1-1 if needed, but be sure to keep thorough records of your hospital visit to discuss with an attorney after your treatment.
Gather Information from Witnesses
It is helpful to have a thorough account of what happened when you fell, so you might ask any witnesses for their contact information so that you are able to get a hold of them for testimony.
You might also ask the store if surveillance footage is available so that you have an unbiased account of the incident.
Finally, ask the store to fill out an incident report, which will trigger the store’s insurance policies to kick in and give you more thorough documentation of the accident.
When you need legal representation to pursue a personal injury case following a fall, you can count on Thrush Law Group for experienced, aggressive representation to ensure a reasonable settlement.