Things to Consider After Being Injured in a Store
While we typically do not think of retail stores as dangerous places, numerous hazards can appear, especially when maintenance is less than diligent. From slippery floors to uneven steps to poor lighting, any slip and fall accident has the potential to cause serious and permanent injuries. However, unlike in auto accidents where the police are almost always summoned and the involved parties receive quick medical evaluation, it can be easy for victims of retail store accidents to feel completely on their own and to make certain mistakes as a result.
There are several things you should bear in mind after being involved in a slip and fall or other retail store accident:
- It is important to seek medical attention, even if you do not think your injury is serious. It can be tempting to try to “walk off” the pain that follows a fall or other similar injury. Unfortunately, the types of injuries that are common in slip-and-fall cases — including traumas to the knees, hips, back and head — can be sneaky and may linger or even get worse over time.
- Don’t let yourself be guilted. Especially in cases involving small, independently owned stores, you may feel guilty seeking compensation for your injury. Remember, however, that responsible storeowners carry insurance exactly for this reason.
- Don’t accept anything. It is common for store owners to very quickly offer certain things of value to customers injured on their premises. This may take the form of offers to pay medical bills, free merchandise, vouchers or even cash. While these offers often come from an earnest desire by the storeowner to do what is right, they can potentially be characterized as a settlement of your claim later.
The safest way to avoid making mistakes that can compromise your legal rights after an injury is to promptly seek legal representation. An experienced Florida slip and fall attorney can guide you through the entire claim process.