From slipping and falling because of coffee on the floor or because of snow tracked in at the entrance, you need how to handle a slip and fall to make sure Starbucks was not negligent in causing any personal injuries. Speaking with the store manager, gathering evidence of the scene, and speaking with witnesses should be on your to-do list.
What are the Common Injuries Caused by a Slip and Fall?
Two things unfold when we begin to slip and fall. First, most of us instinctively place our arms out to prevent the rest of our body from receiving a strong impact. The result of instinct is often sprained and/or broken wrists, elbows, and/or shoulders that can take several weeks or months to heal.
Second, as we begin to slip and fall, our body moves in ways that is should not move. Sprained or torn knee ligaments happened because we try to reposition the body during a fall. Slip and fall incidents can also produce more serious injuries that include severe bleeding and head injuries that result in negative lingering effects.
What Should You Do After a Slip and Fall?
Starbucks stores are relatively small, with plenty of open space to encourage interactions. If you slipped and fell at Starbucks, there is a good chance an employee saw you from the counter or an employee tending to dirty tables watched you drop to the floor.
In either case, you need to speak with a store employee to initiate an investigation into the incident. If a manager is not on-site, speak with the shift manager to complete an official incident report. Ask for a copy of the incident report to hand over to your personal injury attorney for analysis.
Any time a customer slips and falls at Starbucks, the number one priority is to ensure there are not any serious injuries. A serious injury needs to be looked at by an emergency responder.
Become the Lead Investigator
With a positive reputation for maintaining good relationships with customers, Starbucks is known for helping customers that have a bad experience at one of their stores. However, do not expect a Starbucks employee to help you gather evidence after a slip and fall incident.
You are the person responsible for taking video and photographs of the area where you slipped and fell. Your personal injury attorney will submit a formal request to acquire a copy of the store security video taken at the time of the slip and fall. Reaching out to witnesses in important to confirm your version of events.
Work with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Starbucks operates mostly corporate-owned stores, which means the company has plenty of financial resources to hire a powerful legal team.
You should get in touch with a state-licensed personal injury lawyer to counteract the legal advantage Starbucks has on you. Request a free case evaluation today to find out how you can file the most persuasive civil case against Starbucks.