In Maryland, store owners and their employees owe shoppers a duty of care. This means that they must keep the premises safe and maintained for patrons at all times. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to make sure everything is in order and immediately rectifying any potential hazards. If these inspections are not done, or a hazard is not fixed quickly, shoppers can become seriously injured. If this occurs, the store owner and/or employees can be considered negligent and may be held responsible for any accidents that occur. Read on to learn more about department store accidents in Maryland.
What are the Most Common Department Store Accidents?
Unfortunately, there are a number of ways to become injured while simply browsing the aisles of your favorite department store. The most common accidents are due to:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Dressing room accidents
- Shopping cart accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Inadequate security incidents
Can I Recover Compensation for a Department Store Accident?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be seeking compensation. One of the most important things to know is that you cannot wait too long to take legal action. This is because you will have to file your claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, 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 the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Additionally, you will have to provide proof of negligence. In order to do this, you should be sure to take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. It is also important to seek medical attention. Going to the hospital immediately after your accident occurs will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Lastly, be sure to speak with an experienced attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a department store accident, reach out to our experienced firm today.
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The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.