Handling a Slip-and-Fall in a Retail Store

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Retail store managers function with the goal of providing the best customer experience possible. To meet this goal, many go to great lengths. This often means constant dusting, reorganizing, and general cleaning; however, not all issues have a quick fix. Problems like a leaky roof or a loose tile may require expert attention. As store managers await the necessary help, they must identify possible hazards to prevent accidents. When one fails to take the proper precautionary safety steps, and someone sustains an injury on their property, they may be held liable for the resulting damages.

The only way a victim can recover compensation, however, is if they pursue the proper legal action. Suing a retail store for a slip-and-fall accident may seem like a daunting task, but knowing the appropriate steps to help ensure that you recover the compensation entitled to you by law can help ease your fears.

Top Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents in Retail Stores

Retail stores are often filled with obstacles like clothing racks placed too close together and poorly organized sections. While annoying, you can generally overlook these minor inconveniences. However, those that pose a threat to your safety should be taken seriously to avoid the possibility of a serious injury.

Some of the most common hazardous conditions in retail stores that result in slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Automatic door malfunctions
  • Stairway obstructions
  • Inadequate parking lot lighting
  • Elevators and escalators in need of repair
  • Merchandise falling from shelves
  • Liquid spills

Many of those injured in slip-and-fall accidents never file a lawsuit for damages. In some instances, the individual believes that he’s to blame and that pursuing legal action would be unnecessary. In other cases, the retail store representative takes swift action and offers the injured person a store gift card or a promise of one. In both instances, you lose out on potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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Actions to Take After a Slip-and-Fall Accident

The most important thing to do after a slip-and-fall accident is confirm your well-being by seeking immediate medical attention. It isn’t uncommon for individuals to feel fine at the scene of the accident and start feeling pain after they return home.

By seeking immediate medical attention, you not only ensure your well-being but also have on record that you did not waste time getting a medical evaluation. This can be to your advantage as the insurance company can use the fact that you waited to see a doctor to discredit your claim, suggesting that your injuries may not have come directly from the accident.

Evidence to Gather

While seeing a doctor is one of the most important things to do after a personal injury accident, there are a few things you can do before leaving the scene that can benefit your case:

  • Take pictures of the conditions that led to your incident.
  • Record the information of any potential witnesses which may also include store employees.
  • Ask the store manager or owner to fill out an incident report and provide you with a copy. If they decline your request, you have the right to request it from the insurance company after they submit it.

After getting medical attention, make sure to keep a copy of all pertinent documentation including medications, medical bills, and medical equipment like crutches or a wheelchair. These are all things that you can receive compensation for in a personal injury claim.

Getting in Touch with a Local Slip-and-Fall Attorney

To ensure that no stone goes unturned in your case, it’ essential that you get in touch with a local slip-and-fall accident attorney. The personal injury attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm have handled numerous slip-and-fall accidents over the years and know how to present your case in a matter that can maximize compensation. This involves proving all of the necessary elements to establish the retail store owner as the liable party.

Proof Needed to Prove Your Case

The key factors needed for a successful slip-and-fall claim are:

  • A hazardous condition caused your injuries.
  • The retailer knew or should have known about the hazardous condition and failed to handle the issue in a timely or reasonable manner.
  • You did not contribute to the hazardous conditions or the cause of your injuries
  • The hazardous condition is directly responsible for your injuries
  • Your injuries are legitimate

Aggressive Personal Injury Attorneys in Orlando

When injured as a result of a third party’s negligence, the law provides you the right to pursue compensation. Our team can provide the aggressive representation needed to help secure the funds needed to cover all accident-related damages.

The legal team at The Umansky Law Firm can evaluate your case and pursue legal action on your behalf to help ensure the liable party is held responsible for their negligence. Firm founder William Umansky and his team have over 100 years of combined experience representing those injured in the Central Florida area and recovering compensation for accident victims. With extensive trial experience, we’re prepared to take your case to trial and fight passionately for accurate compensation.

Be sure to seek legal help regardless of the severity of your injuries. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.