For many of us, shopping for new clothes and other items in department stores is an enjoyable activity. However, we do not often consider how department stores can be particularly dangerous destinations. You should strongly consider speaking with a knowledgeable Santa Clara County slip and fall accident attorney today if you have been injured due to one of the dangerous situations department stores present. Please continue reading and contact our firm for more information about department store accidents in California and how we can assist you if you have sustained injuries in one. The following are some questions you may have:
What causes most department store accidents in California?
Though they are generally caused by some form of negligence, department store accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons. The following include some of the most common causes of department store accidents:
- Poorly placed floor mats
- Poorly placed merchandise displays
- Merchandise falling from shelves
- Merchandise in aisles, posing a trip and fall hazard
- Spilled liquids
- Unsafe department store parking lots
- Inadequate security
- Defective department store elevators or escalators
How do you know if you have a valid personal injury claim?
You should have a valid claim so long as our firm can prove that you sustained injuries due to no fault of your own. Provided that we can prove you were injured due to a negligent property owner or department store staff, you will most likely have a viable premises liability claim. You may have a valid product liability claim if our firm can prove that you were injured due to an unsafe escalator or elevator design or a manufacturing defect. To prove your claim, we will uncover and present the following evidence:
- Witness statements
- Pictures of the accidents and/or unsafe conditions that caused your accident
- Store incident reports
- Medical documents
In California, how long do you have to file a personal injury claim for department store accidents?
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, from the date of the accident. While you can wait for as long as two years to file your personal injury claim, the longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it will be to prove that your injury was the direct result of the accident. Simply put, the sooner you reach out to our firm, the better your chances of success are. Barring very specific circumstances, waiting longer than two years will permanently bar you from suing. That is why you should reach out to one of our skilled Santa Clara County personal injury attorneys today.
CONTACT OUR SANTA CLARA COUNTY FIRM
When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.