Discount stores like Family Dollars can be places where slip and fall accidents and injuries happen. They are typically caused by a customer slipping over on something unusually slippery and unexpected on the store floor. Stores are expected to keep their premises in a safe condition for customers to use. Of course, customers are also expected to use their own common sense while moving around the store, but many slip and fall accidents happen because a particular hazard has not been dealt with quickly enough.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a discount store like Family Dollar, or any other, and believe that the accident should have been prevented and your injury was the fault of staff or management at the store you should file a personal injury claim for compensation.
Injuries From a Slip and Fall at a Discount Store
No slip and fall accident is the same as another. Some are quite minor and may only cause embarrassment. Others can cause such bad injuries that the accident victim is scarred for life or face long term disability. Much depends on what part of the body strikes the floor or whether the fall is against something sharp or hard like a shelf edge. Typical injuries may include any one or more of the following slip and fall injuries:
- cuts, gashes and bruises;
- dislocated joints;
- broken bones, especially limbs;
- broken or cracked teeth;
- eye injuries;
- burns or scalds;
- serious spinal or brain injury.
What to Do if Injured at a Discount Store
The first two priorities will be to make sure you get treatment for your injuries and let the store manager know about the injury. Even if you think your injuries are minor, it may be sensible to see a doctor for an assessment. You won’t be able to claim compensation for an injury unless you have proof that it exists and how it will impact you financially.
While in the store, if you are not too badly injured that you need emergency treatment, you may take down contact details of eye witnesses, take any photos that you can take with your cell phone, also note whether there was a security camera mounted nearby.
Evidence to Prove Your Injury was from a Discount Store Slip and Fall Injury
You will need evidence of your injury and why you claim that it was the fault of poor management at the Family Dollar store. Useful evidence to support your claim could come from as many as possible of the following:
- doctor’s report indicating how the injury could have occurred;
- photos taken at the accident location, both of the hazard that caused the accident and your injuries if they were visible;
- eye witness statements by people who saw the accident happen;
- video footage from a store security camera.
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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 Family Dollar, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.