3 Things to Do If You’re Injured While Shopping This Holiday Season
Believe it or not, it’s time again – the holidays are approaching! As everyone gets busy preparing their homes and bustling to their favorite local shops, you can count on a lot of stress. What most people aren’t thinking about though is getting injured. A trip to the mall shouldn’t involve a broken bone – or any other injury – yet it happens every year to people across the state.
If this happens to you, it’s important to know what happens next. Even if the injury initially seems minor, those of us at Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas encourage you to remember that you may not know the true extent of the injury for days. Read on to learn how to handle this situation and then call us at 909-982-0707 if you want to set up a free consultation.
- Keep a record of the incident
- Go to the emergency room or see a doctor
- Reach out to a personal injury attorney
Make sure that you write down everything you remember about the accident as soon after the accident as possible. Most people think they’ll remember every detail, but shock can essentially erase your memories of the specifics. If there were witnesses, get their names, addresses, and phone numbers. Take pictures of your injury and the cause of the injury if possible. In short, keep records of anything that could possible help your case.
If your injury is serious then you should immediately seek medical attention. If it’s minor, see a doctor as soon as you can. This is important not only for your premises liability lawsuit but for your own health as well. A judge or jury will want proof of your injury and how serious it was. You will want to know how serious the injury is so that you can get appropriate help down the line.
If you’re not sure if you have a legal case against the owner of the property you were injured on, there’s good news – getting advice is simple. Just call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 and ask for a free legal consultation. We can look at your case and determine if you have a case. Whether or not you do will be based on three essential elements.
First, what it must have been caused by a specific hazard. Second, it must have caused an injury that resulted in significant medical bills or long-term consequences. Finally, we must show that the owner of the property either knew about the hazard or should have, and that they didn’t properly fix it or clean it up.
It doesn’t have to be a major oversight for it to have caused an injury. For example, an employee leaving the floor wet after mopping can result in a fall. A floor mat that’s loose can easily be tripped over. An item fallen from a desk can injure you. No matter the cause, there’s one thing you should do – reach out to an attorney and find out if you have a case.