As the weather gets warmer, you may find yourself browsing the aisles of your favorite department store searching for spring and summer staples. While department stores are convenient, they can also be dangerous. Read on to learn more about department store accidents in Maryland.
How do department store accidents occur?
Department store accidents can occur for any number of reasons. However, some of the most common injuries involve:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Dressing room accidents
- Shopping cart accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Inadequate security incidents
What do I do if I am injured in a department store?
If you are injured in a department store, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will need to fulfill the burden of proof. To do so, be sure to:
- Notify the manager: If an accident occurs, it is important to notify the store manager right away. This will ensure that he or she files an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of the accident report as it may play a role in your personal injury case.
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance, file a police report, ensure the scene is safe, and more.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to 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. Additionally, it can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents, as this can also play a large role in your case.
- Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, document the scene. If possible, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: Department stores are often crowded. As a result, it is possible that someone saw your accident happen. A witness may be able to provide an important outside perspective. Be sure to ask for the name and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Contact an attorney: An attorney may be able to obtain further evidence that you could not otherwise procure. This may include police reports, security camera footage, and more.
- File your claim on time: In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. Be sure to file in time to avoid losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
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