While shopping at a convenience store, it is possible to experience an inconvenient injury. If you happen to be injured in a slip and fall accident in a convenience store such as 7-Eleven, you should consider filing a personal injury claim.
Filing a claim can award you compensation that can offset the costs of medical bills, lost wages, as well as general pain and suffering. If you slipped and fell inside of a 7-Eleven and plan to file a personal injury claim, there is certain information available to you that can help ensure you get the financial damages you deserve.
About 7-Eleven Convenience Stores
7-Eleven is one of the largest convenience store chains in the world, with over 56,000 locations in 18 countries – over 10,000 of which are in North America. They also operate many gas station locations and a majority of the stores operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
7-Eleven, and other convenience store retailers, must ensure that each store provides customers with a safe premises and shopping experience. Usually, an employee handbook offers guidelines on keeping the store in safe conditions, such as by regularly cleaning the floors and checking for spills, as well as putting up warning signs in the case of a hazardous condition. Still, slip and fall scenarios may happen.
There are many possible situations in which you may be injured by a slip and fall accident inside of a 7-Eleven. These scenarios include:
- Slipping on a spill from a leaky drink machine or cooler
- Slipping on a spill from another customer’s beverage
- Tripping over food or convenience items falling off of the shelves
- Tripping over a loose floor mat at the store’s entrance
- Slipping on tracked in rain, ice, or snow at the store’s entrance
- Tripping due to poor lighting in the store causing poor visibility
Past 7-Eleven Claims
According to the West Virginia Record, in 2009, a West Virginia woman entered a 7-Eleven on a rainy day and slipped on the wet floor. She fractured her ankle and tore some tendons and ligaments. The woman found a lawyer who know how to win a claim against against 7-Eleven for her injuries and argued that they were responsible for cleaning the wet floors, whether it was a rainy day or not. The two sides argued about whether the rain played a role in 7-Eleven’s negligence and whether or not the store had placed a warning sign around the slippery floor. Eventually the store settled in court and awarded the woman an undisclosed amount in compensation.
Starting a Claim for a Slip and Fall at 7-Eleven
If you were injured after slipping and falling at 7-Eleven, you may be able to receive compensation for any medical bills for injuries, lost wages if you are unable to work, and compensation for pain and suffering. For a successful 7-Eleven claim, you will need supporting evidence.
If you are able to, try to get any witness statements from those who witnessed your fall as well as any pictures or videos. If you unable to do so due to your injuries, have a family member or friend who is with you try to collect the statements. Be sure to get any contact information as well incase you have further questions.
You will also need to keep copies of any medical invoices and documents you receive for treatment from the slip and fall injury. If you have to miss work, keep record of missed wages.
To make sure your properly file a 7-Eleven claim, consult with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney will know what documents are needed and how to present the information correctly.
Working With a Personal Injury Lawyer
For a retail chain of 7-Eleven’s expansive size, they most likely have a large and experienced legal team to handle personal injury claims filed against them. For this reason, it may be a good idea to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent your case. There are personal injury lawyers who specialize in slip and fall accidents. They can help you understand your rights, what the value of your 7-Eleven personal injury claim would be, and assist you throughout the personal injury claims process. Personal injury attorneys also work on contingency, meaning that if you don’t win your case, they don’t get paid.
*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 any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.