Grocery stores can be more dangerous than you may realize. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways for an accident to occur while grocery shopping. Read on to learn more about how these accidents happen and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do grocery store accidents occur?
The majority of grocery store accidents are a result of:
- Unsafe parking lots due to poor lighting
- Lack of security
- Uneven pavement
- Liquids left on the floors of the grocery store restrooms and aisles
- items falling from shelves
- Poorly placed floormats
What do I do if I am injured in a grocery store?
If you have been injured in a grocery store accident, there are some important steps to take. First, you should be sure to call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more. It is important to notify the manager as soon as an accident occurs so that he or she can file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of the report. You should seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it right away. Additionally, going to the doctor can provide you with important documentation regarding the origin and extent of your injuries. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, be sure to document the scene. Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to provide important witness testimony, so be sure to ask for their name and contact information.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need in order to recover. Do not let this happen- contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been injured in a grocery store accident, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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