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Know your rights if you slip and fall in a big box store

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2021 | Personal Injury

As someone who has to go grocery shopping or to buy items outside of your home, you’ll probably go to a big box store to do so. A big box store, which is a store such as Walmart, Target or other large retailers, tend to offer more items in one place. This makes it easier for shoppers to get their shopping done and to move on with their days.

Unfortunately, it’s in these big box stores that people can get hurt by slipping and falling. Slip-and-fall accidents can happen for multiple reasons, such as because of:

  • Slipping on wet floors caused by spills
  • Slipping on slick stairs or in areas without rugs or other items to add friction
  • Slipping because of wearing shoes with smooth soles against tile

There are plenty of reasons for these accidents, but you should remember that it is largely the property owner’s responsibility to prevent them. For example, if there is a spill, then that spill should be marked with a warning sign, such as a wet-floor sign, and be cleaned up as soon as possible.

What can you do if you fall in a big box store?

If you fall in a big box store, there is a potential that you could pursue compensation from the owner of the property.

When you fall, it’s a good idea to stay where you are if you’re unsure if you’re hurt or if you have been hurt. If you don’t believe you’re injured, you can get up, but you do have a right to seek medical attention. Let the staff or store owner know that you slipped and fell on the premises, so that they take an accident report.

If you are injured, you can allow them to call an ambulance to take you to the hospital. There, you can let the medical provider know that you slipped and fell, so that they can start performing the right tests and exams to check on your health. After this, you may want to look into your legal options for making a personal injury claim to cover your financial losses.

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