When a Business Can Be Sued for Personal Injury

When a Business Can Be Sued for Personal Injury
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Can you sue a business if you get hurt by a falling box or you cut your hand on broken glass on the premises? What if you slip on a wet surface when walking down a grocery aisle or fall on ice in a parking lot? Whose fault is it? Can you sue the business if you are seriously injured? Under certain circumstances, the answer is yes, you can sue a business for a personal injury. However, proving your case and successfully recovering money depend on many factors. If you suffered a preventable injury at a business or restaurant, you should hire a lawyer who has a proven record of handling personal injury cases against businesses. There are important steps that a seasoned and accomplished lawyer will take to protect your rights and secure any evidence that supports your case.

Some important considerations for being able to sue a business include whether or not the business owns or controls the area where you were hurt, whether it was responsible for maintaining the parking lot or sidewalk, and whether any subcontractors or third parties were responsible for certain areas. Often, a business only controls its physical space or the perimeter of its location, which may begin with the door to enter the business. Some other entity may control the parking lot and sidewalk, and yet still another entity may be responsible for maintenance tasks such as clearing snow or making repairs.

Another thing to consider is whether the business had any security cameras or surveillance footage of your incident. If so, you will need to move quickly to notify the business about your personal injury in order for it to preserve the video. If you get hurt by a broken step or something that could be quickly repaired, you may need to obtain pictures before the hazard is fixed to document its condition at the time of the accident. If not, the object that hurt you may be removed and repaired quickly. Even worse, evidence of the hazard that caused your personal injury may be lost.

If you are hurt while at a business or restaurant, you should immediately contact a manager and insist on creating an accident report. You may want to take some pictures of what caused your injury if you have a camera phone. Next, you should seek any medical attention you may need. Then, call one of the lawyers at Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C. to see if you can bring a personal injury claim against the business or restaurant where you were hurt.

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