If you have been injured because of the negligence of a big box retailer, there are a lot of steps that fall on your shoulders to get you the compensation that you deserve. While you may be able to navigate these waters on your own, your chance for a successful outcome dramatically increases with an experienced lawyer by your side. At the end of the day, you and your legal team must prove that the big box business was negligent (at fault) and thus liable (responsible) for the injury, and therefor responsible to cover the damages (medical bills, lost wages, other financial due) resulting from your injury.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION: There are steps you can take early on to make the process easier for you and your legal team. First of all, seek medical attention. If your injuries are serious you need to put your health first. Be certain to get an appropriate diagnosis to determine the full extent of your injuries. Physicians and specialists will be able to provide you a treatment plan to put you back on the road to recovery. The medical records, x-rays, and test results in these preliminary doctor visits will be critical in building your case of injury liability against the large retailer and providing evidence determining your damages.
ACT SWIFTLY: When it comes to pursuing your legal due, act swiftly. In the state of Virginia there is a 2-year statute of limitations. That means you have two years from the date of the accident to file a legal claim of negligence. Don’t hesitate to start the legal process. Your medical bills won’t delay, and you shouldn’t either.
COLLECT EVIDENCE: If the injury took place at a big box retailer (or their property including parking lot and entries), do everything you can to capture evidence. Use your phone to capture photos and even video to record evidence of the incident. Pictures of the aisle, floor conditions, products on the aisle, and signs or lack thereof in the line of sight from the point of incident can be very useful in supporting your claims. Capture the name of the employees and managers that you spoke with at the time of your injury. Request a copy of surveillance tapes that may have recorded the incident at the store. If an incident report was completed do not sign it but do request a copy.
CONSULT WITH AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER: The best thing you can do is contact an experienced slip and fall personal injury lawyer to help you with your case. From filing appropriate legal paperwork, to collecting the right evidence, to guiding you on what to share with the big box retailer, an experienced lawyer will make the entire process easier for you and a more favorable outcome will be in sight.
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