Whether you’re making a quick home repair or redoing an entire room in your house, home imrpovement stores are likely to have just the thing for you. While the store’s vast stock of tools, lumber, and supplies are useful, they also hold the potential to cause injury, both in an out of the store.
If you were recently injured in an accident, then your injury costs may not be your responsibility to repay. By filing a personal injury claim, it is possible to receive compensation from their insurance for all damages incurred during your accident.
Potential Hazards While Shopping
It is no secret that large, heavy tools and supplies carry with them a risk of danger. However, it is the store's responsibility to market and supply these goods safely to all customers that visit their stores.
If an injury takes place in the store, there is a good chance the store may be at least partially at fault for the incident. If the store is found at fault, then you become eligible for compensation.
For example, say you are shopping for lumber on the store floor when a pile of wood stacked on a shelf gets bumped by a loading machine, causing it to crash down on top of you. In this case, The store is very much at fault for causing the incident, and should be responsible for all costs due to your injury.
Other examples may include slip and falls on puddles of water or other liquids, or bumps and cuts from large equipment.
Providing Evidence on Your Accident
To prove that they were at fault for your accident, you will need to provide as much evidence about the event as possible. The more evidence you provide, the more likely you will have a strong case that demands proper compensation.
The most compelling evidence you can provide on your claim is physical evidence. This often comes in the form of photographs. For instance, photos of the machine, fallen product, or slippery floor that caused your injury will help to erase doubt on the cause of your incident.
Even after the injury, photos of the area within the store where you were injured can help to support your claim. If any clothes or personal items were damaged during the incident, you can provide these (or take photographs of them) as well.
They may even have security footage that the police department can help provide should it be available. You should also provide a detailed personal statement, witness statements, medical records, doctor’s notes, and any other relevant medical/financial paperwork on your claim. Find out what steps you need to take in order to file a personal injury claim.
In Case of Deposition
The word “deposition” can seem intimidating if you’ve never been involved in legal proceedings before. However, depositions are rather common for many personal injury cases. They are a way for companies to get official statements on record without having to schedule a court date in front of a judge.
Depositions will often require you to answer questions about your medical history, criminal history, or details about the accident. If you answer these questions straight-forwardly and honestly, then the deposition should pass easily.
Considering a Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury attorneys are the most reliable resource you can use during a case. They are statistically shown to increase the chances of filing a PI claim successfully on the first try, and are even more useful should your case go to court.
You can take the worry out of negotiation and proper proceedings by putting your case in the hands of someone who does it for a living. Even if you are unsure, consider a free consultation with a personal injury attorney to see if their assistance may be right for you.
*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 Lowe's, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.