Department stores can be more dangerous than you may realize. In fact, there are a number of ways an accident can occur. Some of the hazards that can be found in retail stores can include spilled liquids, uneven walkways, poor lighting, unsafe parking lots, construction hazards, and more. If you are injured in a department store accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about department store accidents in New Jersey.
How do Department Store Accidents Occur?
Department store accidents can happen for countless reasons. But, the majority of accidents are due to:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Dressing room accidents
- Shopping cart accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Inadequate security incidents
Who is Responsible for a Department Store Accident?
New Jersey retail store owners and their staff owe all shoppers a duty of care. This requires them to take care of the property so that hazards do not arise and endanger shoppers. This can be done by conducting routine inspections so that if certain dangers are present on the property, they can be fixed immediately. If an accident occurs because the store owner or employees failed to fulfill this obligation, the injured party can pursue legal action for damages.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and you wish to recover compensation, you will have to provide proof of negligence. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911
- The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Obtain witness contacts
- If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and number. They may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Document the scene
- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Go to the hospital
- This will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Medical records often play a major role in personal injury cases.
- Contact an experienced attorney
- An attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, such as security camera footage.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a department store accident, contact our firm to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.
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