Accidents happen all the time but if you go to any discount store, such as Family Dollar, you don’t expect to slip and fall over and injure yourself because the store staff had been negligent. If the slip and fall injury was not your fault, you may be able to obtain compensation from the store owner.
You must be able to prove that the store management or one or more of the employees had been negligent in failing to deal with a potential slip and fall hazard. Proving who was at fault in such an accident is not going to be easy but with the right evidence it isn’t impossible. A PI lawyer can help you with your claim.
How to Show That Discount Store Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall
For Family Dollar, or any other discount store’s negligence to be established it must be shown that:
- a hazard existed in the store that directly caused your injury. An example might be spilled liquid contents from goods that had fell on to the floor or wet recently cleaned surfaces;
- employees or management knew about the hazard or had sufficient time to have found about it assuming normal routine supervision of the store and
- had not dealt with the hazard in a timely fashion, e.g. removing a spillage or at least erected a warning or closed a part of the store off so that no-one could slip over on it.
Evidence to Show a Slip and Fall was a Discount Store’s Fault
It is easy enough to show that a hazard, such as a wet, slippery floor caused your injury. It is not so easy proving that the store workers/management were at fault because they knew about the hazard but hadn’t done anything about it. Useful evidence you could obtain might include:
- photos to show what the hazard was and that there was no attempt at warning or preventing store users from using the area;
- any video footage that might be available from a security camera. This could show the accident and also may provide a time for when the hazard emerged and whether any of the store employees did anything about it.
- confirmation from eye witnesses who may have saw the accident and may be able to confirm when the hazard was created.
Get Help Proving Fault
Proving that Family Dollar, or any other discount store, was at fault can be difficult after a slip and fall in one of these stores. Insurers tend to be cautious about paying compensation unless the evidence available proving negligence is convincing. A PI lawyer can help with obtaining evidence and preparing and submitting a claim.
Get a Free Case Evaluation to get in touch with a PI lawyer who can help prove Family Dollar, or any other discount store, was at fault for your slip and fall injury.
*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 Family Dollar, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.