It can be painful and worrying if you are injured in a public place. Slip and fall accidents can happen unexpectedly in the most unlikely places, even inside a large store. If you believe that the accident was preventable and could have been avoided altogether if the store management had been proactive around safety concerns, you have a chance of obtaining useful compensation.
You will need to file a personal injury claim with the store’s insurers and prepared to argue your case. A personal injury lawyer may help you win compensation and negotiate with the store’s insurer on your behalf.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slipping or tripping over and falling down are common ways you can get hurt if you visit a large store. These sorts of accidents happen whenever store employees are busy and don’t have time to rectify a hazard which has been reported to them. There may be a failure in the store management policy which allows these sorts of hazards that cause these injuries. Whatever the reason, at the very least you could have a nasty shock and have a few cuts and bruises to deal with.
Some slip and fall injuries are more serious. Broken bones, sprains, strains, dislocations and back injuries are quite common. If you hit your head hard against something like a shelf or a sharp protruding object you could suffer head injuries. Any of these more serious injuries could prevent you from returning to work quickly and you may need hospital treatment.
The Personal Injury Process After a Slip and Fall Injury
You must be able to show that the store’s employees or managers were to blame if you intend claiming compensation. Eye witnesses will be an important source of evidence but will be hard to contact if you leave the store too quickly. If you can take down their contact details such as name and phone or email address, this could be very useful later when you have time to make a claim.
A successful claim means convincing the store’s insurer that your injury was caused by their client’s negligence and that the amount of money you are claiming is proportional to the severity of the injury. That is why you should obtain as much documentation as possible which confirms the scale of your injury and a justification of what you have claimed.
Will a Lawyer Take My Case?
A personal injury lawyer may assess your case if you arrange a consultation. They will have dealt with many such cases before and will be able to give a reasonable idea whether you are likely to succeed if you file a claim. If the chances are good, they should take your case, provide legal advice and negotiate with the companies insurers on your behalf.
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The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Lowe’s, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.