If you are shopping at a dollar store, you have every right to have the normal expectation for the premises to be safe and free of dangers.
It is the responsibility of the store personnel to make sure any damages are repaired and at that any spills or messes as properly cleaned up in a timely manner. Failure to take care of the premises can cause disaster.
What Is Negligence?
When you are on the store's property, it is only reasonable to expect the area to be safe and free from dangers.
Dollar stores have the responsibility or duty to make sure the grounds are well-maintained and free from dangers, so any customers or visitors are safe on the premises.
If the dollar store fails to properly clean their parking lot and snow and ice has accumulated, causing you to slip and fall, breaking a leg, they are responsible.
How Can You Prove the Store Was Negligent?
To prove that the store acted negligently, all four elements of negligence must be proven. The first element, showing the retailer has a duty to you, is obvious.
Next, you will need to show they breached their duty. In this case, you will need to show they didn’t hire a snow plow to clear the parking lot and they didn’t put down a melting agent, such as salt.
If the store was open, you have the right to assume the area was safe. Next, you will need to show that if you hadn’t slipped in the dollar store parking lot, you wouldn’t have slipped and suffered a broken leg.
Your last step is to show that the broken leg and any other injuries resulted from the slip and fall.
Failure to maintain documentation to show your injuries and support your claim can be detrimental to your personal injury claim against the store.
Keep copies of any medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, document your limitations and restrictions, take photos of the injuries and progression, keep receipts for prescriptions and medical devices.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney
With the help of an attorney, you are much more likely to have a successful claim against the dollar store. Your attorney will gather evidence and documentation, investigate your accident, and determine the best way to proceed.
An attorney can aggressively pursue your claim.
Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing to lose. Personal injury lawyers are skilled in negotiating with the insurance companies, so they will get to work negotiating a settlement.
If your claim cannot be settled, they will build a case and represent you in court. There is a statute of limitations for pursuing a claim, so ask for your free case evaluation today to ensure your claim is filed in a timely manner.
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*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 Dollar General or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.