Home goods stores, grocery stores, and other retailers have a duty of care to their customers and staff. A violation of that duty can result in an accident that leaves you injured or out of work. Stores that don’t clean up spills or protect visitors from falling objects can be held responsible for the damage they cause.
Our Detroit slip and fall lawyers handle cases like this routinely. We have experience holding stores accountable for preventable accidents and reckless behavior. Our attorneys help clients across the U.S. get the compensation and justice they deserve.
Premises Liability Claims
Slip and fall injuries are common, resulting in over one million visits to the emergency room each year. If you’ve been injured in a store or public area, the property owner or manager can be held responsible if their negligence contributed to your injury.
Failing to maintain the store and grounds properly can lead to slip and fall hazards like wet floors, improper signage, uneven floors, or tripping hazards from unexpected objects. Stores are also liable for injuries resulting from unsecured items and objects falling from shelves.
If you believe the store’s actions, or lack of action, contributed to your injury, contact Fieger Law immediately. Our nationally recognized personal injury attorneys handle slip and fall accidents and other premises liability claims. We will evaluate the factors in your case, determine whether the store is liable, and help you file a claim that maximizes your compensation.
During the Incident
You may feel upset, surprised, or in pain if you are injured while shopping. Your case begins from the moment you’re injured, so you must understand what to do. Try to remain calm and follow these steps:
- Seek medical aid for injuries.
- Speak to witnesses. Try to get their contact details in case your lawyer needs to talk with them.
- Talk to the manager. They are responsible for filing an incident report but don’t say more than you need to. Anything you do say could be used against you later.
- Take pictures and videos. Visual evidence of the cause of the incident and your injuries can be very persuasive to a jury.
You may want to consult with our attorneys at this stage to see if you have a case. We’ve been fighting for victims’ rights for over 70 years and understand the elements needed for a strong claim. Our legal team can help determine whether you should file a claim and the compensation you should seek based on the circumstances of your case.
After the Incident
Make sure you receive all necessary follow-up care for your injuries. Speak to a doctor, even if your injuries at the time were not particularly severe. Medical documentation of your injuries is vital evidence for your case.
Some injuries take a long time to show symptoms, particularly head injuries. Speaking to a medical professional after an incident can also strengthen your claim if you suffer from long-term medical issues or require care in the future.
Also, locate and preserve all documents related to the incident. These are essential to your case. You’ll need:
- Witness details and statements
- Video, pictures, and any other evidence gathered at the store
- A copy of the store incident report
- All relevant medical reports
- Receipts including the cost of travel, ambulance rides, medications, and other expenses resulting from the injury
- Proof of lost wages
If you haven’t spoken with legal counsel yet, you should do so before proceeding further. Our vast knowledge of slip and fall accidents can help you gather the evidence needed to support your case. We can investigate the store for negligence and interview witnesses on your behalf.
The next step is to take legal action. You may have a case against the store, landlord, building owner, or other employees. Depending on the injury you sustained, you may choose to file an insurance claim or file a lawsuit against the store or its management.
Contacting the legal professionals at Fieger Law can help you understand your options. If you’re unsure, a free, no-obligation consultation with us will help. You can meet with our attorneys for legal guidance, and you won’t pay any fees until we win your case.
Some minor injuries like a sprained ankle or wrist can be compensated fairly by filing an insurance claim for retail store negligence. You may want to ask for more than your total expenses to compensate for your time and medical treatment and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.
Consulting with a lawyer at Fieger Law can make the process easier and less stressful for you. We’ll ensure your claim asks for fair compensation, is free of errors, and gets appropriately filed so you receive it promptly. We serve clients nationwide and follow state regulations where the injury occurred.
You should always contact a lawyer after suffering a serious injury. Ideally, work with a slip and fall attorney from Fieger Law.
Our attorneys also understand the devastating impact a broken hip, neck injury, concussion, or spinal injury can cause. Major slip and fall injuries often result in emotional trauma, large medical bills, and longer recovery times.
We take these factors into account when helping you recover damages for your case. We won’t have you agree to a verdict or settlement that is less than what you deserve.
Our lawyers will determine if negligence was involved and evaluate the strength of your case. We’ve won against independently owned businesses and major corporations and can handle claims of any size.
Consult With Fieger Law After a Slip and Fall Injury
Whether your injury in a store is minor or significant, you should consider taking legal action. Consult with Fieger Law today. Our slip and fall attorneys fight on your behalf and counter the legal tactics opposing counsel uses to shift blame onto you. We’re also equipped to deal with the stress and hassle of navigating the legal system, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injury.
Call us for a free consultation today.