Whether you have a fun day of shopping with your kids planned or you’re meeting a potential client at their office, you may not plan for any injuries that can disrupt your day. However, these occur due to the negligence of the owner and staff of the business property. If hurt because of a business’s negligence, you shouldn’t be left to bear the burden of the medical expenses. Keep reading to learn more about when you can file a lawsuit against a business with the help of a Prince George’s County personal injury attorney.
What Injuries Are Common in Stores and Businesses?
Unfortunately, there are several hazards shoppers and patrons can face when in a business location. Most commonly, slips and falls are the culprits of many injuries. These accidents occur when someone trips or stumbles over hazards, such as merchandise on the floor, loose carpeting, broken tiles, potholes in a parking lot, or loose wiring. Those who are victims of these accidents can suffer head injuries, brain damage, broken bones, neck and back damage, or lacerations.
Another common issue that can occur is that things in the store or office may fall and hit a person. This is often the result of unsecured fixtures, improperly placed merchandise, or damage to shelving units. When someone is struck by falling objects, they will commonly suffer head, brain, neck, and spinal cord damage as a result of the impact.
When Can I File a Lawsuit Against a Business Property?
To file a lawsuit against a business property, you must be able to prove their negligence. As such, you must take the necessary steps following an injury. The first thing you should do is take photos and videos of the scene of the accident. This can help prove that the location did not take the necessary steps to mitigate damages or warn those on the property of the potential dangers.
You should also ensure you alert management or the owner to the damage. This allows them to remedy the situation to prevent additional patrons from suffering similar injuries while allowing you to complete an incident report. Be sure to obtain a copy of this report before leaving the store, and do not claim responsibility for the accident.
Next, you’ll want to go to the doctor as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you do not seek medical treatment for the injuries you’ve endured, the defense can claim your injuries were not that serious since you did not go to the doctor.
Finally, you’ll want to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, our dedicated legal team understands the complexities of pursuing compensation for any injuries you may have suffered. As such, we will work tirelessly to help you through these challenging times to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.