7-Eleven and many other convenience stores often have “Wet Floor” signs placed at the front door and next to the beverage station.
However, a couple of signs might not be enough to prevent a slip and a fall.
If you received one or more injuries because of a slip and fall at a 7-Eleven or any other convenience store, you should tell the store manager, and then immediately seek medical assistance.
If you can prove store negligence, you should consider filing a claim.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries at a Convenience Store
The type of injury or injuries that you suffer because of a slip and fall depends on how hard you hit the floor.
A hard-impact slip and fall can cause shoulder muscle strains and/or a dislocated shoulder.
The shoulder takes a beating because of the instinct to grab onto something during the fall.
It also receives damage because of the strong impact it makes on the floor.
As one of the most common types of slip and fall injuries, cut and bruises require immediate medical treatment.
Cuts can become infected and if left untreated, bruises can cover a large area of the body.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Incident
How you react to a slip and fall at 7-Eleven or any store determines whether you should file a claim.
The first thing to do is to speak with the store manager.
You should be able to find the store manager within a few seconds after falling.
The store manager fills out a report that he or she might label as an accident, but you believe the store was negligent in how it protects customers from slip and fall injuries.
Ask for a copy of the store manager’s report, and then seek immediate medical attention.
Whenever you shop at a store, the store is legally responsible to make the entire property reasonably safe.
Evidence Need to Prove Your Slip and Fall Happened at a Convenience Store
Many stores operate security systems that record everything that transpires inside and outside the building.
Security footage of the area of the slip and fall can determine whether the store made a reasonable effort to establish a safe environment for its customers.
After the slip and fall incident, you should take photos and videos of the area where you fell, including any evidence that demonstrates the area around the beverage station or near the front door was unsafe for customers.
You can also slip and fall outside of a 7-Eleven or any other store, especially if you live in a cold-weather climate and the store failed to shovel snow and remove icy spots.
You need to take photos and videos of any evidence outdoors that proves the store did not clear its parking lot of ice and snow.
You should also write down the names of any witnesses that your personal injury attorney can contact for an interview.
Get Help with Your Claim
You should get help from a personal injury lawyer who can file the proper legal documents to gain access to the security footage.
A personal injury attorney also prepares you to answer questions from the legal counsel that represents the store at a deposition, as well as during a civil court proceeding.
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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 7-Eleven, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.