The law requires property owners to take care of their grounds. This is to ensure the safety of those who come onto it. It is because of this that retail store owners and the staff they employ are required to make sure the store does not become hazardous and harm shoppers. The failure to do so can result in accidents that cause severe injuries, such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and more. When this happens, injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation for damages. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
Who is Responsible for a Retail Store Accident?
Retail store owners and their staff owe shoppers a duty of care by law, requiring them to maintain the property so accidents do not occur. There are many different ways that properties can be taken care of, including conducting routine inspections of the property. This ensures any hazards that do arise over time can be found and fixed as soon as possible. Examples of hazards can include spilled liquids, uneven walkways, poor lighting, unsafe parking lots, construction hazards, and more. If these are not fixed as soon as possible and shoppers are injured as a result, the property owner can be held responsible for negligence.
How Can I Prove Negligence?
After a retail store accident, the injured party can pursue legal action to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim. In doing so, they are required to prove negligence took place in order to be successful. This can be done by gathering evidence that shows the property owner failed to take care of their grounds, thus directly causing the injuries sustained. Evidence that can be helpful during this time can include actual notice or constructive notice. Actual notice can include any record that proves the store owner knew about the hazard, while constructive notice is if the property owner did not inspect the entire grounds. An experienced attorney can help to gather the proper evidence necessary to prove negligence.
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Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.