How Do Retail Store Accidents Most Commonly Occur in California?

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One of the last things anyone expects when going into a retail store to shop for clothes or other wants/needs is to sustain a serious injury. Unfortunately, these accidents occur more often than you may think, especially on holiday weekends, such as Black Friday. That said, if you’ve been injured due to no fault of your own and are seeking financial compensation, our firm is here to help. Read on and reach out to our seasoned Santa Clara slip and fall accident attorney to learn more about retail store accidents and how our legal team can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of retail store accidents?

Retail store accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and sometimes, consumers are to blame. However, in most cases, retail store accidents happen as a result of negligence on the part of staff and management. Some of the most common causes of these accidents are as follows:

  • Items falling from shelves and onto consumers
  • Spills or slippery surfaces in aisles
  • Dangerous or unstable merchandise displays
  • Poorly placed floor mats
  • Defective elevators or escalators
  • Dangerous parking lots
  • Dim lighting

How do I know if I have a claim against a retail store owner?

To win a premises liability claim, you, the plaintiff, will have to prove several things. First, you must prove that a dangerous property condition existed and that the property owner either knew or should have known about it. You will then need to prove that you encountered the safety hazard and that the property owner failed to take action to remedy the issue in a timely fashion. Finally, you must prove that the safety hazard caused you to sustain a serious injury and that you incurred damages as a result. Our firm can help you do so.

How long do I have to file my personal injury claim?

Typically, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is two years. This means you’ll have to file your claim within two years of the date you were injured. Waiting any longer than this will likely result in you being permanently barred from suing. The Law Offices of Brian O’Grady is here to fight for the compensation you need to get your life back. Give us a call today so we can get working on your case.