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Slip and Fall in Macy’s

Macy’s is a popular and upscale retail store that is most known for its popular Thanksgiving parade. This beloved store may be a symbol associated with the holidays and high-end fashions, but that doesn’t make them immune from having to compensate people who were injured on their premises. They just have the means to fight any case against them to the fullest. Shouldn’t you have the same odds against them?

Slip and fall accidents can be devastating to families, especially financially. Medical treatments are expensive and that doesn’t even begin to factor in other things like rehab and lost wages. These are expenses that can wreak havoc on any family, especially if the primary income earner was seriously injured and left unable to work. Why should you be stuck in financial hardship because of someone else’s mistake?

Macy’s Liability

The first question you may have is whether or not Macy’s is liable for accidents in their store or on their property. Premises liability laws clearly state that stores are responsible for maintaining their property and keeping it free from hazards to make sure customers are safe. This means that if you were injured due to their negligence, they are liable for any accidents and injuries on their premises. This law means that all managers and employees are responsible for taking reasonable care to ensure the safety of their customers.

What is reasonable care? The staff must ensure that the floors are clean and if there is a spill or other obstruction on the ground, they must clean it up as soon as they are aware of it. Failing to do so will leave the store liable for injuries caused by these hazards. For instance, if there is a spill on the floor and the staff was aware of it but didn’t clean it up in a reasonable amount of time, then the store is liable for negligence.

You should know that negligence is a concept that has many parts to it: duty, cause, breach, and farm. To establish that your slip and fall at Macy’s was caused by their negligence, personal injury lawyers can take a look at the case and help you better understand your rights.

Injuries Typically Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of injuries. The most common injuries include:

  • Simple scrapes and bruises
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken ankle, foot, or wrist
  • Elbow injuries
  • Tailbone injury

These are injuries that can range from simple to more severe or even potentially deadly. It is important that you get the proper compensation for your injuries and lost wages from Macy’s if they are responsible for your injuries.

Potential Hazards at Macy’s

Macy’s is a large store, which unfortunately means that there are plenty of opportunities for an accident to happen inside of the store. These are some of the common hazards that you can potentially encounter inside of Macy’s:

  • Slippery entrances, especially when snow and rain are tracked in as customers enter the store.
  • Snow and ice buildup on sidewalks or the store’s parking lot.
  • Aisles blocked with obstacles like fallen hangers or larger display racks.
  • Wet floors in restrooms
  • Floor mats and carpets that are torn, out of place, or have edges sticking up posing a tripping hazard.
  • Sidewalks and parking lots in poor repair, with potholes, cracks, or otherwise damaged.
  • Escalators that are slippery, broken, or defective.
  • Displays, shelves, and racks that were installed improperly
  • Fitting rooms not cleaned up, such as full of discarded clothing items.
  • Products left in walkways, such as shoe boxes or foot measuring tools.
  • Tiled surfaces that are wet due to spills

Employees are responsible for identifying these hazards as soon as possible and remedy these issues as soon as they notice them. They must also take care of these issues as soon as they are made aware of the problem. If the hazards are not able to be handled right away, there should be some warning to indicate a potential hazard so that customers can avoid the area. Their top priority is to ensure that everyone who walks onto their premises are as safe as possible.

What Happens If You’ve Been Injured at Macy’s?

Did you suffer an injury? The next steps that you take are critical for ensuring the success of your case. As soon as you are injured, you need to get the attention of an employee and/or the store manager. They will need to acknowledge the injury and then the manager should take an accident report about your injury. It is important that you receive a copy of this accident report. You will also want to make sure that you photograph and take video of where the accident happened. This evidence should focus on what caused the injury and should be taken as soon as possible before they can fix the hazard. You should also take note of any witnesses to the incident and try to get their contact information for your records. These are all things that will strengthen your case against Macy’s. If offered medical assistance by staff, be sure to take it. Failure to do so will end up hurting your case.

You need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Meet with them, showing them all of the evidence that you collected. The sooner that you meet with an attorney, the sooner you can get your case settled. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will look at your case and determine whether or not you have a case against Macy’s.

Proving Fault

The most important thing that your lawyer must do is prove Macy’s negligence caused your accident. Just because you had a slip or fall at Macy’s, that doesn’t mean that they are automatically liable for your accident. You have to prove that the store’s staff and management is actually responsible for your accident. Proving fault is the biggest part of your complaint.

There are a few ways that Macy’s would be at fault for your fall. One way is if the person who maintained or is responsible for the store somehow caused the fall. For instance, say an employee was mopping up the floor in the fitting room, but never blocked it off or put down a sign warning about the slippery surface. Another reason they would be at fault is if they knew about a hazard but never addressed it to avoid any problems. In this case, there could be a torn carpet that posed a tripping hazard and the staff never addressed this issue. Lastly, Macy’s staff and management should have been aware of a risk but never addressed the problem. In this scenario, it would be reasonable to assume that if it’s snowing out that there is a risk of falling due to slippery surfaces. There is a reasonable expectation that they would be aware of the weather and take measures like shoveling or putting down rock salt to address this issue.

Filing the Claim

A personal attorney lawyer will be upfront with you about what to expect with your claim. There are things that will improve your chance of winning your case. The most important thing that needs to be proved is that Macy’s was liable for your injury. However, you also need to prove the damages that you suffered from this accident. There’s more to slip and fall cases than just being physically injured or any medical bills you incurred. You are also entitled to pain and suffering, any future medical expenses that may occur, and lost wages due to time missed at work or any reductions in how much you can earn in the future.

Finding a reputable personal accident lawyer as soon as possible can significantly improve your chance in winning the money you deserve for your accident. One reason why is because this will help get your claim started sooner, allowing you to receive compensation sooner. This is also important because there are time limits for filing these types of claims. By filing your claim as soon as possible, you will be able to preserve your evidence and have the incident fresh in your mind. These are all things that are necessary for winning your claim.

Every slip and fall case is different since everyone’s experience is different. Some people have more severe injuries, while others may not be as severe. There are several factors that can impact how much each individual claim is worth. Sometimes these cases go to trial, others are settled out of court. These cases can take a long time but having an experienced team can help make this process a lot easier for you. A knowledgeable firm will go through the evidence and will let you know what to expect and how much your claim is actually worth. A store like Macy’s will have a team working for them, so you want to ensure that you level the playing field and get a personal injury attorney that will work for you.  Call The Injury Firm Today for a free case evaluation: 954-951-0000.

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