Why Is It Important to File a Store Incident Report After an Accident?

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Many businesses pride themselves on the state of their store by keeping it clean and up to safety standards. However, it’s not uncommon for injuries to occur in retail locations due to the number of hazards and shoppers at a given time. If injured, you may brush off the accident as an unfortunate occurrence and leave without completing an incident report. However, if the accident was the result of negligence from ownership, management, or employees, you are likely entitled to compensation with the help of a Prince George’s County personal injury attorney. Keep reading to learn more about these accidents and why you must file an incident report.

What Injuries Can Arise From a Retail Store Accident?

There are several serious injuries that can occur as a result of an accident in a retail store. For example, if you slip and fall due to an unmarked wet spot or merchandise left on the floor, you may suffer from broken bones, head injuries, sprains, and back injuries.

However, those hit by unsecured fixtures like mirrors or shelving may endure traumatic brain injuries, concussions, neck and spinal cord injuries, as well as lacerations.

These injuries can result in lengthy and expensive hospital stays, rehabilitative efforts, and lost income as the injured party takes time off to heal the injuries they suffered.

What Is a Store Incident Report?

When someone is injured in a retail location or other business, they must fill out what’s known as an incident report. These document the details of the injury, such as when and where the accident happened, how the incident occurred, and who was there to witness the event.

It’s essential to complete this document for a number of reasons. When injured, you must alert store management to the hazard to begin filing the report. By informing store personnel of the issue, it allows the necessary party to remedy the problem, helping keep other shoppers safe. Similarly, filing out the report lets you document what occurred should you wish to pursue compensation for the injuries. Be sure to get a copy of the incident report before leaving the store.

What Damages Can I Recover?

When injured in a retail location, understanding the compensation you can receive is vital. Generally, you can file a claim for the economic damages you’ve endured, like medical bills and other expenses. However, you can also receive funds for non-economic damages. These include scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. The amount awarded is up to a jury, depending on the extent of these factors.

If you wish to pursue compensation for the injuries you endured, you must enlist the assistance of an experienced attorney. Be sure to bring copies of your medical bills and the store incident report to your consultation, as this can help them gather the necessary information to proceed with your case.

At McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, we understand that any injuries can put your life on pause. As such, we’re dedicated to holding negligent parties responsible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.


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