What to Know About Being Injured in a Department Store Accident
You are likely looking to take legal action if you have been injured in a department store accident. To learn the steps you should take following a department store accident to increase your chances of filing a successful claim, continue reading. For assistance with your claim, do not hesitate to reach out to our Tampa personal injury lawyer.Get Your Case Started
What are the most common causes of department store accidents?
Department store accidents are often caused by the negligence of department store management or staff. The most common factors to cause department store accidents are as follows:
- Merchandise falling from shelves
- Spills left unattended
- Broken glass
- Defective elevators or escalators
- Poorly placed floor mats
What should I do after being injured in a department store accident?
If you have been injured in a department store accident, it is important that you have a plan of action. Take the following steps to protect yourself and to increase your chance of filing a successful personal injury claim:
- Alert the store owner of your accident so that they can file an incident report.
- Call the police. They will bring medical attention to the scene and document the accident with a police report.
- As soon as the ambulance arrives, seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries.
- Collect all relevant medical documentation. These documents should state the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
- Take photos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. Also, take photos of your injuries.
- Collect any witnesses’ contact information. This should include their name, phone number, and email address.
- Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal. An attorney will also work to recover further evidence of your claim such as surveillance footage of the accident as it happened.
What is the statute of limitations for department store accidents in Florida?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is generally four years. This means that you will have four years from the date of your accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. Failure to file your claim may result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. The sooner you can file your claim, the better. To get started as soon as possible, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you. Our legal team is prepared to fight for your right to compensation.
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