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Steps to Take If You’re Injured in a Retail Store

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Premises Liability

Because retail stores typically expect a high number of visitors after the holidays, it’s their duty to make sure their buildings are safe and secure. Nonetheless, accidents do happen. If you are injured in a retail store, follow the important steps below to ensure you are fairly compensated for your pain and suffering for your injury.

If you’ve been injured in a retail store, you should contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. right away. Our Chicago premises liability attorneys have helped numerous people with their personal injury cases. Call us right away at (312) 236-2900 to discuss your case during our free initial consultation.

1. Do Not Insist You Are “Fine”

Out of embarrassment after a fall, your first reaction may be to say, “I’m fine,” as you try to shake off your pain. However, you may not actually be fine. Once your adrenaline wears off, you may notice pain or stiffness from your fall. If the store associates and other witnesses heard you claim you weren’t injured, they can provide statements that you said yourself you were fine. This can greatly hurt your chances of recovering compensation after your fall.

2. Gather Contact Information and Statements From Witnesses

People who saw you fall may come to help you up and ask if you are okay. The best way they can help is to give their testimony on your behalf. You should ask them if they would provide you with their name and contact information. That way, your lawyer can get in touch with them and ask them about the condition of the store and the circumstances surrounding your fall.

3. Locate The Store’s Surveillance Tape

Retail stores often have several surveillance videos constantly rolling throughout the day. Because these cameras are pointed all over the store, there is a good chance if you were injured in a retail store, it was caught on tape. The store may have a policy not to release the tape to you, but if they refuse, you can contact your attorney and have them request the tape right away.

4. Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Another way to help your case is to get medical attention directly after your accident. You should not delay getting medical help since the store’s legal staff may point out that if you waited a day or more to go to the hospital, you must not have been in severe pain. They may even suggest that you sustained an injury elsewhere, and you’re trying to blame it on the store.

5. Contact a Chicago Premises Liability Lawyer

It can be intimidating to try to get a huge retail store to rightly compensation you for your injuries. Since they have money and a legal staff that likely sees cases like yours all the time, it could be beneficial to hire your own Chicago premises liability lawyer who thoroughly understands the legal process and can fight for your rights.

How Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help

If you were injured in a retail store, our Chicago premises liability attorneys want to hold them accountable for the pain you’re experiencing and the medical bills you may be facing. You deserve to seek compensation for medical bills, time off from work, and pain and suffering. Contact us at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. right away to discuss your options and to speak with a lawyer who will fight for your rights.

For a free consultation of your case, call us today at (312) 236-2900.

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