Slip and fall accidents are more common as attention isn’t paid to obstacles caused by spilled liquids and debris that’s been left behind by customers. If you have been injured at a Target, or any other department store, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim if you are able prove the accident was not your fault. You may consider talking to a personal injury lawyer first.
Damages Due to a Slip and Fall Accident
When slipping and falling unexpectedly in a Target store, or any other department store, there are a number of injuries that could happen to you depending on whether you fall over backwards or forwards. If you slip and fall onto your back you may encounter back and spinal injuries.
If you slip and fall on your face you could encounter head injuries like a traumatic brain injury and facial lacerations if you hit the corner of furniture or a glass counter. As long as you have proof that the injuries weren’t your fault it may be possible to include the cost of medical treatment and the time spent off work recovering in your personal injury claim.
What You Could do at the Site of the Accident
As soon as you have slipped and fallen there are a number of things you could do including:
- calling the store manager who may arrange to have you treated at a nearby medical facility;
- take photos of the hazard that caused your slip and fall accident;
- seek names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
If someone was with you at the time they could do this for you if your injuries are serious and you need immediate medical treatment.
What Should Be Done After Leaving the Accident?
As soon as you are fit and well enough you should start thinking about the documents you will need to file a personal injury claim. These could be any of the following:
- photographs of the hazard you took at the time;
- witnesses’ testimonials describing what happened;
- a report from your doctor containing details of your injuries and likely recovery time;
- any receipts for medical treatment you have paid for;
- a statement from your employer showing your wages or salary.
These documents all provide the proof that’s required to file a successful personal injury claim.
Why You Should Contact a Lawyer
If you get your own personal injury lawyer they will negotiate on your behalf with the department store to help get the personal injury compensation you deserve. Use the Free Case Evaluation Form available below to help you choose a suitable lawyer.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Target, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.