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Shop ‘til You Drop? What to Do if You’re Injured in a Department Store or Mall

terri-november-week-3-img-mallWith the holiday shopping season right around the corner, there are many of us who are joking around that we need to build up our muscles and get into shape – after all, we have heavy packages to lift and bargains to hunt! Though this may be funny banter for the dinner table or among our friends and family, the truth is that department stores and shopping malls are frequently the scenes of accidents and serious injury, and if it happens to you it will no longer be a laughing matter. There’s no question that some accidents that happen in these locations are a matter of clumsiness or not paying close enough attention to surroundings – it’s easy to be distracted by holiday decorations, sale prices and the actions of other shoppers. But there are also situations where an accident is a direct result of the negligence of a store or mall manager. When floors are slippery or strewn with debris, when security is not adequate or lighting is insufficient, people can end up slipping and falling and suffering serious, long-term damage and pain. If you’re injured in a department store or mall, it’s important that you take your situation seriously and know what actions to take. The experienced attorneys at Philly Justice are pleased to provide you with these helpful tips on what to do.

The most important thing you need to do if you have been injured in a department store or mall is to get the medical attention you need. Whether you seek help at an emergency room, an urgent care center or your doctor’s office, make sure that you get checked out, keep all the documentation of your visit and be sure to tell the healthcare professionals exactly what happened. But it is also important that you record the details of the incident and get the names and contact information of anybody who may have been there to witness it.  Whether the cause of your accident was liquid on the floor, debris, poor lighting, a loose handrail or anything else, make sure that you photograph it so that you have evidence to show where negligence occurred, and write down what happened as soon after the event as possible so that you don’t need to worry about forgetting important details.

Wherever the incident occurred, it is important that you notify the place of business of what happened. They will need to have documentation of the event – but don’t sign any waivers, or make any comments as to your physical condition. If you waive away help and tell them that you are okay, that might be used against you later. Also, be sure to pay attention to comments that others may make. If an employee mentions that somebody else has been hurt before, or that they were afraid that something would happen, make note of it. It can make a big difference in the success of a personal injury lawsuit.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of another’s negligence, then you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Philly Justice to learn more about how we can help.