Unfortunately, department store accidents happen often, and their results can be severe. It may come as a surprise, but there are a number of ways to sustain a serious injury while simply browsing the aisles or trying on clothes. Read on to learn more about department store accidents in New Jersey and what to do if you are involved in an accident.
How do Department Store Accidents Occur?
If a department store owner and his/her employees do not maintain the premises at all times, serious accidents can occur. The most common department store accidents are due to:
- Spills left uncleaned
- Poorly placed floor mats
- Liquids on bathroom floors
- Falling merchandise from shelves
- Defective escalators, elevators, or other equipment used in the store
- Poorly lit parking lots
- Lack of security
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
After an injury occurs, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, take witness statements, and more.
- Document the scene: Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw the accident happen, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Ask for their name and contact information.
- Seek medical attention: You should go to the hospital immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Medical documents can play a major role in a personal injury case. As such, it is important to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents before leaving.
- Contact a personal injury attorney: An experienced attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including police reports and security camera footage.
- File your claim on time: In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a department store accident, contact our firm to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
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