Have you had an accident in a store? If you can prove that the accident was the fault of the store, or its employees and shouldn’t have happened if more care and attention had been made then you could claim compensation.
A successful personal injury claim can help pay medical bills, replace lost earnings and compensate for any pain and suffering experienced. You will find that it is preferable to discuss the accident with an attorney before making a claim.
Typical Slip and Fall Accidents in a Store
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of accidents in the U.S. after road accidents. They can happen literally anywhere, especially if maintenance has lapsed or a property such as a large store has cut back on its staff and hazards are not properly dealt with.
Most slip and fall injuries occur when there is something wet or slippery on the floor or some kind of obstacle that trips people up. These are exactly the kind of conditions that occur frequently in supermarkets and large stores.
Proving Negligence After a Slip and Fall Injury
Kroger’s management, like that of any other store, has a responsibility to make sure that a visit to their store is safe. That means attending to hazards quickly and efficiently. If you have slipped over on a messy or slippery floor surface then you will need to show that the accident was preventable if you are thinking of claiming compensation. The best evidence of Kroger's negligence is that from other customers who were present at the time and can back up your account of what happened and why it happened. If you are able to do so, record any contact details of people who could prove useful eye witnesses later when you make a claim.
What to Include in a Claim for Compensation
In addition to the evidence of proof mentioned above, you should also provide justification of any damages sought. These would be things like bills and invoices that are directly related to medical costs; a declaration from your employer to prove how much you may have lost in earnings and any future predicted costs if you have sustained serious long term injuries. Personal injury claims include a payment for “pain and suffering” experienced as a result of the injury, but there must be some sort of justification for this amount if it is included, too.
How a PI Attorney Can Help You With a Claim
It can be difficult dealing with a large corporation, as their insurer will be reluctant to pay compensation quickly. You will find that you will have a better chance of obtaining the correct amount of compensation if you enlist the help of an experienced personal injury attorney before filing a claim.
The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Kroger’s, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.