The holidays are around the corner. While many of us do our shopping online, the deadline is nearing. Unfortunately, some items may not arrive in time to be placed under the tree. As a result, you might find yourself in the aisles of a department store- but, a simple shopping trip can be more dangerous than you may realize. There are a number of ways for a serious accident to occur in a department store. Read on to learn more about how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do department store accidents occur?
The most common accidents in department stores are slip and falls. These accidents are generally a result of:
- Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
- Merchandise falling from shelves
- Obstructions in aisles
- Jagged shelves or showcases
Fulfilling the burden of proof
If you are injured in a department store, you may be eligible to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that your accident was due to another party’s negligence. For example, employees must conduct routine inspections to ensure that there are no hazards present. If these inspections are not conducted, customers can become seriously injured. To recover the compensation you need, you will have to prove that department store employees were aware of the hazards that caused your accident to occur, or reasonably should have been aware. You can provide this evidence by taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
What is the statute of limitations?
If you are recovering from a serious injury, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But, it is important to act fast. This is because of a deadline known as the statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you have been injured in a department store accident, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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