Most people visit retail stores of various types on a regular basis for the purchase of goods. The hardware store on the weekend may be a common family outing, and the grocery store is a necessity. Drug, convenience, and department stores are often frequented, too.
While most people’s experience in the store is safe, sometimes, hazardous conditions within a retail store can lead to an accident. If you’ve been injured in a retail store, here’s what you need to know about liability for your injuries.
Common Retail Store Accidents and Injuries
Common retail store accidents include:
- Slip and falls
- Parking lot slip and falls
- Falling object injuries
- Injuries caused by aggressive customers/crowds (especially common during sale periods, such as Black Friday)
These accidents can lead to soft tissue injuries, bone fractures, head injuries, and back and neck injuries. If injuries are serious, a person may require medical care and suffer a disability that prevents them from working or returning to the same activities they enjoyed prior to the accident.
Liability for a Retail Store Injury
When a person is injured on the property of a retail store, it’s important to understand how the accident happened. Most retail store accidents and injuries happen because of an unsafe condition in the retail store, such as an improperly stocked item on a shelf, a spill in an aisle, or unremoved snow and ice in the parking lot. If your injuries were caused by a hazardous condition that the property owner/manager knew of or should have known of yet failed to remedy in a reasonable amount of time, the retail store can be held liable for your damages. Liability refers to legal responsibility and, if a retail store is held liable, it may owe you compensation for the full value of your economic and noneconomic losses.
Types of Damages Recoverable
When you’ve been injured due to a hazardous condition, you should be compensated in full for your losses. Types of damages that are recoverable in a retail store injury claim include:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering.
If you have suffered other damages, you can seek compensation for these as well. Our lawyer can help you understand how damages for pain and suffering are calculating and what your case might be worth.
Take Action Today
Being injured in a store is the last thing that a person ever expects. If you’ve been injured, understanding your rights, who’s liable, how to file a claim, and how much your case is worth can be confusing. When you work with our experienced personal injury lawyer at the office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, you’ll be working with an attorney with over 30 years’ experience. To learn more about Deborah Gold-Alexander and how we can help you when you need it most, reach our law office by phone or online to schedule your free case consultation.