You never thought that you’d end up as an emergency room patient after going out to pick up a few items at the grocery store, but it happens just about every day across Pennsylvania. Many such accidents involve trip-and-falls caused by uneven walking surfaces or aisles cluttered with displays, merchandise or boxes. Most stores have safety procedures that prevent dangerous conditions from arising, but sometimes, employees are careless and those procedures are overlooked.
Tripping and Falling at ShopRite
If you’re shopping at any one of ShopRite’s 14 Philadelphia stores, and you’re injured in a trip-and-fall, you can probably bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the company. Although it doesn’t matter who created the condition that caused you to fall, you must prove two things. First, you must show that ShopRite knew or should have known about that condition. Next, you must show that ShopRite had a reasonable opportunity to remedy the condition, but it failed to do so. If ShopRite created the condition that caused your trip-and-fall, that might make proving knowledge of it somewhat easier.
Evidence That might Support Your Claim of Negligence
Report your fall to an employee immediately, and have him or her bring a manager to the scene. Make an accident report, and don’t leave that store without a copy of it. Your injuries must be documented. Insist on paramedics being called to the scene, and have them transport you to an emergency room for examination and treatment. Both paramedics and emergency room personnel will document your injuries in their records.
Retain Counsel Immediately
In any trip-and-fall case, it’s critical that you retain an experienced and effective Florida personal injury right away after your accident. Evidence that might otherwise be legally preserved might disappear, especially security videos that may have captured your trip-and-fall. Witnesses might vanish into thin air too. Upon retaining counsel, an in-depth investigation can be started, and a personal injury case can be carefully built. Here are some items of evidence that might be used:
- Witness statements.
- Security video.
- The report of accident.
- Photos of where you fell.
- Paramedic records.
- Emergency room records.
- Records of any surgery or hospitalization.
- Photos of your injuries.
Give yourself the best chance possible at receiving the maximum settlement or award that you deserve by consulting with and retaining an experienced and effective Philadelphia personal injury attorney to represent you after your trip-and-fall. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file. Contact her today to start your legal recovery process.