People rarely ever consider the idea of being involved in an accident when they go to shop at their local mall. However, accidents can happen anywhere, even in a retail store. This may be if the property is not taken care of by those who are obligated to do so. In the event of an accident due to hazardous grounds, shoppers can become victims to life-changing injuries. Injured parties who wish to pursue legal action for compensation should contact an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney for assistance.
How Can a Retail Store Accident Happen?
There are many ways that a retail store accident can happen in Pennsylvania. Similar to other personal injury accidents, they are often due to the negligence of another party. Common hazards that cause accidents in retail store can include poor security, poor lighting, uneven walkways, spilled liquids, merchandise falling from shelves, and more.
What Action Should I Take After a Retail Store Accident?
It is important to stay calm after any accident so that you are able to take the necessary steps that can increase your chances of a successful claim. This includes the following:
- Call the necessary emergency services for police assistance and medical attention
- Ask witnesses for their contact information so they can corroborate your claim later on
- Notify the store owner so that an incident report can be filed and you can receive any surveillance footage of the accident.
- Ask your doctor for all documentation regarding your injuries
- Hire an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can gather and present evidence that satisfies the burden of proof
- After the claim is filed, avoid social media to keep from posting anything that can harm your claim
What is the Statute of Limitations?
Injured parties who wish to pursue legal action after a retail store accident must do so within the allotted time they are given. This is because there is a deadline by which they are required to file a claim, known as the statute of limitations. If the injured party fails to meet this deadline, they may lose their right to legal action and compensation entirely. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury accidents is two years from the date of the injury.
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Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.