Many people are planning to do most or all of their shopping online this year, but for those who plan to brave the mall or other retail establishments, serious injury could occur. In fact, this year it is likely that companies will be so focused on reducing the risks associated with coronavirus that they might not be taking as much time as they should be to otherwise assure your safety.
Keep reading to discover five steps you should take if you are injured in a holiday store this year. Remember to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation at your convenience.
- Take Pictures
- Talk to Human Resources
- Contact Your Insurance Company and/or the Police
- Visit Your Doctor as Soon as You Can
- Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
First and foremost, you want to take pictures of yourself, your injuries, and the area in which you sustained them. Timestamp the photos. Take pictures of anything around you that contributed to the accident. When it comes to pictures, there is no such thing as “too many,” so snap photo evidence of anything you think might be helpful in proving your personal injury case.
Next, ask to talk to the human resources department. You will likely need to fill out an accident report with them. Be careful what you write on it. Stick to the facts and keep any opinions out of it. If the case moves forward, they could try to use any inconsistencies between that report and another recounting of the accident to show that you are not being honest about what happened.
Depending on the specifics of the accident and how serious it was, you might need to contact the police so that there is a police report. If the accident occurred in the parking lot of the retail store, and you were in your car, then you should also contact your auto insurance company.
Do not wait to see your doctor. You should do so as soon as possible, but no longer than a few days after the accident. Do this even if you do not feel that you have a serious injury. Not all injuries can be felt immediately, and you could end up in serious pain weeks from now.
If you have reason to believe that the accident was the result of negligence or recklessness on the part of an employee or other representative of the store, then you should contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your best options are. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.