If you experienced an injury in a store and the store or property owner’s negligence played a role in your injuries, the store might bear liability for your expenses. You may speak to a lawyer if you suffered an injury inside a store or in its parking lot.
Negligence on the part of a store or property owner means that something unintentional created a dangerous situation and led to your injuries. It could also mean that management overlooked a hazard that created a dangerous situation and led to your accidental injuries.
Examples of Store Negligence
If you were injured in a retail store or on their adjacent property, you may feel that the store is liable. In some cases, the store may hold some liability for your injuries. According to Chapter 768 of Florida Statutes, some examples of store liability may include:
- A slip and fall accident caused by a spill on the floor that management failed to address.
- A slip and fall accident resulting from debris on the floor that management failed to address.
- An attack in the parking lot of a store where management knew of previous criminal activity on its premises.
- An accident that happens in a store’s parking lot because a poorly lit parking lot.
- An accidental toppling over of a shelf or other display case or an injury caused by items falling from a shelf or display.
Other injuries can have causes that may constitute negligence as outlined in Florida’s Theft, Robbery, and Related Crimes Statute 812.173. You can speak to a lawyer to determine the exact cause of your injuries and the repercussions for the store.
Important Steps Following an Injury in a Store
When you are injured in an accident in a store, you should immediately seek medical help. You may even go to your local emergency room by ambulance. After receiving emergency care, you should follow all the medical advice you receive and follow up with your doctor for as long as needed.
Once your injuries receive treatment, you should take the following steps toward receiving an insurance settlement or compensation from a personal injury lawsuit:
- Request copies of incident or police reports that help determine and support the cause of your injuries
- Request copies of medical records and bills that prove the cost of your injuries
- Compile copies of employment records and proof of salary that show how much time you miss away from work
A lawyer may help you define and collect the documents you need to prove your case.
For a free legal consultation, call 800-647-3113
Injury-Related Expenses Eligible for Compensation
When a trip to a grocery or other retail store ends in an accident, you may sustain serious injuries. A slip and fall can leave you with sprains, fractures, and broken bones. An assault in a dark parking lot can leave you with physical and emotional injuries.
If you are injured in a store, the store owner may have to pay you for the expenses and losses created by your injuries. Awards you might be able to receive can include:
- The costs related to having your injuries treated
- The loss of your source of income if your injuries stop you from working
- The cost of the humiliation you suffered by getting hurt in public
Other financial expenses and losses you incurred may also qualify for compensation. You have a right to seek legal representation when pursuing compensation.
File Your Compensation Claim on Time
The laws of your state will determine the length of time you have to file a lawsuit for your injuries. A statute of limitations refers to a time restriction that controls the timing of your case. Consulting with a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident in a store may prevent issues with filing too late. Waiting too long to file your lawsuit can put your ability to file your lawsuit at risk.
A Lawyer May Help You Hold a Store Liable for Your Injuries
Depending on what caused your injury in a store, the store itself may bear liability for your losses. A personal injury case may help to ensure you and your family do not continue to struggle under the added burden of financial responsibility for injuries you did not cause.
If a slip and fall accident or an accident in a parking lot led to your injuries, the store where you suffered should be responsible for covering your financial damages. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-647-3113 to discuss the financial compensation you may qualify for.