Slip and fall accidents in Dollar Generals and other discount stores are quite common.
One way that discount stores can keep their prices down is because they employ fewer staff.
The cashier may double as the shelf stacker and cleaner.
This means that it may be harder to keep a constant look out for potential hazards that could cause accidents.
At the same time, all stores have a responsibility to make sure that their premises are as safe as possible for customers to use sensibly.
Personal injury claims often succeed best when there is sufficient evidence presented by the injured party that an injury has been caused by negligence on the part of the store employees or management.
Injuries From a Slip and Fall at a Discount Store
Every slip and fall accident is unique and that means that slip and fall injuries can vary greatly from relatively minor ones right through to severe trauma that can affect the accident victim for the rest of their life.
Injuries vary so much because of differences in the person’s reaction to a slip and fall, what the surface was that was struck, whether evading action was taken, what the part of the body was that was affected and how quickly the whole accident happened.
These are some of the most common injuries that result from a slip and fall:
- cuts and gashes;
- broken bones and fractures;
- dislocated joints, especially hips and shoulders;
- neck and head injuries;
- back injuries, e.g. spinal cord injuries;
- broken or fractured teeth;
- traumatic brain injury.
What to Do if Injured at a Discount Store
You should take whatever medical action necessary to treat your injuries as first priority.
You should let the store management know as soon as possible about the accident, where it took place, what caused it and what injuries you had.
If other customers saw what happened, ask them for contact details so that they can provide witness statements later.
You may be able to take photos of what caused the accident and your injuries if visible. Look for a security camera in the vicinity as this could have filmed the whole accident.
Evidence to Prove Your Injury was from a Discount Store Slip and Fall Injury
There are several different types of evidence you could obtain.
Note that you will not be able to claim compensation for an injury unless you have evidence from a doctor, medical center or hospital of the nature of your injury and the treatment needed.
Eye witness statements will be very useful.
Not all witnesses might be happy to provide statements but most Dollar Generals and other discount stores often have enough customers to find someone to confirm what happened.
Photographic evidence provided by you (many cell phones can take photos) or someone else is useful evidence, especially if it shows a hazard that should have been removed.
Video footage from a store security camera may be subpoenaed by your attorney.
Get Help With Your Claim
You are welcome to use the Free Case Evaluation form above to find a slip and fall attorney near 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 Dollar General, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.