Whether Costco, or any other store, is negligent for a slip and fall incident depends on the evidence you collect. If you slipped and fell at Costco, or any other store, and sustained injuries, you should notify the store of the incident, seek medical attention and gather evidence.
When you shop at an all-purpose store, such as Costco, you expect the company to implement measures that ensure a safe shopping environment. Unfortunately, you might suffer one or more injuries caused by a slip and fall.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
A common type of injury that results from a slip and fall is damage to the wrist and/or elbow. However, you can also suffer a concussion because your head either hit an object on a shelf or landed on the hard floor.
A concussion can lead to days, if not weeks of inactivity because you cannot think clearly enough to work or even complete basic household chores. Loss of income eventually leads to a financial crisis unless you hold Costco, or any other store, financially accountable for your head injury.
A slip and fall can also produce deep cuts and bruises that require immediate medical care. A store might have failed to clean up an aisle containing shards of broken glass or an employee left several product boxes in the middle of an aisle that smacked into your body to bruise ribs or generate several cuts on both arms.
What to Do If Injured at a Wholesale Club
An employee that saw you slip and fall should respond immediately to the incident. He or she must contact 911 if you received serious injuries. Otherwise, the employee needs to find out what caused the slip and fall, and then immediately tell his or her supervisor.
If an employee did not see the slip and fall, you should notify an employee right away. You will need to have an incident report form filled out about the incident.
Make sure the employee that responds to a slip and fall does not put up “Wet Floor” signs after the fact. If you do not see an employee in the area where you slipped and fell, you should speak with either the department manager or the store manager to complete an incident report.
The Importance of Gathering Evidence
The evidence you collect immediately after a slip and fall at Costco, or any other store, determines whether you should file a claim against the company. If one or more injuries send you directly to the hospital, it is important to have someone you trust to gather the evidence for you.
Photographs and videos shot at the scene of the slip and fall can help you build a strong enough case to file a claim in civil court. You should also request a copy of the store’s security footage to discover why you slipped and fell. If a store refuses to hand over the security footage shot at the time of the incident, then you should immediately contact a personal injury lawyer for legal assistance.
An experienced personal injury attorney may quickly end any legal issues that you have with Costco, or any other party, by negotiating a favorable settlement. If your lawyer cannot settle with the store, he or she may file a claim in civil court seeking just compensation for your injuries.
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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 Costco, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.