Department store accidents can be serious. If you were injured in one, do not wait to reach out to our skilled Morris County slip and fall attorneys today to discuss your options.
What are the common causes of department store accidents in New Jersey?
There are several different ways that department store accidents can occur, however, the majority are a direct result of a store owner and/or employee negligence. Some examples of negligence that can result in a department store injury include:
- Liquids on bathroom floors
- Falling merchandise from shelves
- Spills left uncleaned
- Poorly placed floor mats
- Defective escalators, elevators, or other equipment used in the store
- Poorly lit parking lots
- Lack of security
What steps should I take after a department store accident?
In New Jersey, store owners and employees are responsible for ensuring that their properties are safe to avoid customer injuries. Store owners and employees can do this by making routine checks of the property to confirm that there are no hazards present. If these routine checks are not made, and an injury occurs as a result, the store owner and employees may be held responsible and sued for negligence. If you are in this situation, be sure to take the following steps:
- Call 911. The police can dispatch an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, take witness statements, and more.
- Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
- Collect contact information from any witnesses. In some cases, witness testimony can be key to a successful premises liability claim.
- Seek medical attention immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Medical documents can play a very important role in a personal injury case.
- Retain the services of an experienced Morris County slip and fall attorney to help you obtain further evidence, including police reports and security camera footage.
- Be sure to file your claim on time. The statute of limitations for a personal injury accident in New Jersey is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will mean losing your chance to recover the compensation you need to heal.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!