Any Store, Professional Office, or Any Place That Sells or Provides Goods or Services Qualifies
If you have been injured in any type of slip and fall or trip and fall or some other type of accident that has occurred in some retail store or commercial establishments such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Stop & Shop, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, 7-Eleven, Aldi’s, Trader Joe’s, a liquor store, a movie theater, a sports venue, a car dealership, a furniture store, or any other retail establishment then you need to be aware that there are specialized aspects of your case that relate to these types of accident-related injuries.
Take Pictures of the Hazard with Your Cell Phone
The first thing that you should do if you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, or if you have had objects fall on your head, or if you have been injured in some other type of accident in any of store or retail establishment then you should take pictures of the thing or things that caused your injury immediately. To the extent that you are able, you should use your cell phone to take pictures from different angles as to what caused your injury. If there is some type of liquid on the floor try to determine the source of the liquid and take pictures of that as well.
If there are witnesses who saw what happened you should ask for their name and contact information so that someone can speak with them later if they are not able to give this information to the manager of the store. If you can have that person stay with you to relay what happened to a store employee you should do that as well. You should insist that someone from the store come over immediately to assist you.
Do Not Give the Accident Report Back to the Employee Until You Take a Picture of it with Your Cell Phone
You should also notify the manager of the fact that you were injured and insist that an accident report be completed. Make sure you tell the manager why the store is at fault for causing your injuries. It is very important for you to understand that the store will not give you a copy of your accident report, so before you give it back to the store manager, you should take a picture of it with your cell phone. You will have a copy of it. Make sure you get all of the contact information about the manager including his or her name and telephone number, any identifying store information, and contact numbers.
Insist on Being Taken to the Hospital if you Were Injured
If your injuries are significant enough, you should insist upon being taken to the nearest hospital by ambulance. If you do not go to the hospital by ambulance, then you should seek immediate medical care and attention so that you can be examined by a doctor and determine what injuries you suffered so you can get follow-up medical care.
Do Not Speak with the Insurance Adjuster
You will also be contacted by the insurance adjuster who represents the interests of the store where you were injured, and they will want to get a lot of information from you. You should not speak with this individual as you could seriously harm your case. Instead, you need to tell this individual that you have a lawyer.
Call an Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer ASAP
You should speak with an experienced Connecticut premises liability lawyer at the earliest possible moment so that you do not make a mistake in the early stages of your case. A private investigator might need to look into the facts surrounding your case, interview witnesses, take pictures and find out other information to help properly develop the liability aspect of your case.
If you have been injured in a store or retail establishment, please contact us.