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SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT AT SEARS

sears storefront logoNavigating a slip and fall accident can be quite tricky, from legitimizing your claim to getting a reputable and competent personal injury lawyer. The Injury Firm is here to help you go through the entire process so you get the compensation you deserve.

Sears was one of the biggest retailers in America until relatively recently. Sears came to be in 1886 and started off as a mail-order business. In 1925, Sears started opening retail stores, first in Chicago and later to other parts of America. In 2005, Sears Holdings was formed from a merger between Sears and Kmart. However, in 2018, Sears filed for bankruptcy and have since limited operations to below 450 stores. The chances of a slip and fall accident at a Sears store has grown over the years as the company experienced financial problems and no longer invested in renovating its infrastructure.

This is where personal injury lawyers come in, we can help you receive compensation should you be involved in a slip and fall accident, resulting from the negligence of the Sears staff.

POSSIBLE SLIP AND FALL HAZARDS

Sears stores are home to a lot of commodities, including food and drinks, electronic appliances, clothing, shoes, tools, and even lawnmowers. Most slip and fall cases usually arise from 3 things; wet floors, uneven floors, and spillage of some kind. Accidents that arise as a result of any of these 3 things all fall under slip and fall accidents.

Wet Floors

Usually, in department stores, it is expected that there be a warning sign, alerting shoppers when there is a wet floor. But sometimes maybe due to negligence on the part of the staff or someone forgetting to put up a sign, it could lead to a slip and fall accident.

Uneven Floors

It is expected that property owners inspect and maintain their buildings whenever a repair is necessary. Any property owner who is aware and fails to carry out adequate measures to fix any uneven floors is liable for any slip and fall accidents that occur as a result.

Spillage

This goes beyond spilled liquid substances like drinks or oil, especially in Sears. There are other hazards that can result in a slip and fall accident like say if a piece of clothing falls to the ground, or a machine is obstructing the walkways, the store is liable if any of this causes an accident.

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

In order to have a legitimate claim against Sears in a slip and fall case, you need to be able to prove that the property owner/employee was, in fact, aware of the hazard but failed to do anything about it and also that the property owner/employee actually caused the slip and fall accident by spilling a liquid, or obstructing your way by placing an object where it shouldn’t have been.

Here are the steps you need to take to prove liability on the part of the property owner but first, seek medical care.

Seek Medical Attention

In a bid to ensure that you are able to prove that Sears is indeed responsible for your slip and fall accident, don’t get too carried away and don’t forget to seek medical care. This is important even when there isn’t an immediately apparent injury as injuries can later manifest days after the accident, so, better safe than sorry. Visiting the doctor will also help your case as it shows that your injuries (if any), were indeed caused by the slip and fall accident, which is necessary to legitimize your case.

Report the Accident

This is a crucial first step especially in cases where the owner/person-in-charge decides to deny that your fall ever took place. So, immediately after your fall, if you haven’t sustained any serious injuries, get a written report detailing the circumstances around the accident. Get a statement from the owner, manager or highest authority available. Make sure you keep a copy for yourself.

Document Every Available Evidence

Do all within your power to gather as much evidence to show that you were involved in a slip and fall accident on the Sears premises. Using your smartphone, take photos of the spilled liquid or the object that caused your fall, take pictures of your injuries, your clothes, or any other factor that contributed to your fall.

Get the names and contact information of the persons around who witnessed your fall so they can help you testify in court should it come to that. Also, get the contact information of the manager and any other authority available on site.

Preserve the clothes you were wearing when the accident occurred. Your clothes could be stained or damaged as a result of the fall. They will come in handy as irrefutable evidence. If you are able to access surveillance tapes, Great! With the help of your lawyer, request a copy before they are taped over.

Don’t Give Statements

Sometimes, the manager or person-in-charge may try to get you to accept responsibility for the fall. In order to avoid falling into any traps, limit your interaction with the manager/owner. Don’t give any statements on the incident without the consent of your lawyer. Avoid posting any details about the incident on social media, so you don’t mistakenly contradict yourself.

Get in Touch with a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer

In the event of a slip and fall accident, a qualified, knowledgeable and experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer is an asset you will want to have by your side. Go with a reputable law firm with a track record of successful slip and fall cases.

 

 

 

WHY CHOOSE US TO REPRESENT YOU

The effects of a fall on your life can range from insignificant to life-changing. Should you fall into the latter group, you would need a personal injury lawyer that is experienced at successfully handling slip and fall accident cases and who won’t relent until you get what you are owed.

At The Injury Firm, we will treat your case with the utmost seriousness it deserves, we will employ all resources at our disposal to get you justice and off course, compensation.  Consultation is FREE, there are no out of pocket expenses. And if you don’t win your case,  you owe us nothing – that is how good we are! Call Today: 954-951-0000

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