The last thing you expect when going to a store is to suffer a serious injury.
But slippery floors, lax security, dangerous parking lots, and other hazards injure many customers. Sometimes it’s no one’s fault. But if store owners don’t “reasonably” protect you from harm on their property, that’s a different matter. Retail stores can be liable for negligence if they:
- Fail to maintain reasonably safe property, or don’t quickly repair damage or dangerous conditions in their stores
- Fail to warn visitors of those dangers or unsafe conditions.
If you’ve been injured by an accident on retail property in Macon or Central Georgia, and the owners did not take the above preventative steps, you can file a premises liability claim to recover monetary damages. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. This compensation is typically paid to the victim when their attorney files a claim against the retail store owner’s insurance carrier. Since insurance companies aggressively resist injury claims, your case gains significant strength if you retain seasoned premises law attorney David Mann.
Millions of Slip and Fall Injuries Occur Every Year
Negligence leads to a variety of premises-related accidents. Customers as well as employees can suffer serious injuries in a slip or trip and-fall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says floors, flooring materials, and liquids spilled on floors directly cause more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
Serious slip and fall injuries can include:
- Concussions and Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones, muscle and ligament damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Painful hip fractures
- And other serious harm.
Retailers may be also held liable for injuries caused by the reckless or intentionally criminal conduct of other people while on their property. Negligent security liability claims for injuries to victims of an assault and battery, sexual assault, child molestation, or worse, can be filed when they happen in retail stores or their parking lots and garages. Georgia law holds retail property occupants (owners and renters) to a high duty (legal obligation) to keep their premises reasonably safe for “invitees” (their shoppers) from “foreseeable criminal acts.” Clues that a retailer is shirking their legal duty can include:
Many property owners don’t work proactively to keep parking lots safe, even in high-crime areas where adequate lighting in parking lots, or regular security patrols, would make their parking areas safer.
- Poor security lighting or failure to sustain sufficient lighting
- Failure to provide adequate security patrol(s) anywhere on their property
- Failure to install adequate security cameras or monitors
- Failure to respond to a security alert
- Failure to reasonably warn of imminent or potential dangers.
Serious Parking Lot Dangers
In addition to being responsible for parking lot safety, store owners must provide measures to thwart injuries when cars crash into stores. Vehicle-into-building crashes kill about 500 people, a year according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Although most are attributed to driver error, other factors may play a role, such as poor parking lot design or the owner’s failure to install barriers such as short posts – known as bollards – in front of their business. When the store bears some responsibility, injured victims may be able to file claims against the store owner as well as the negligent driver.
An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Protects Your Compensation Rights
One of the most compelling reasons for why you must take immediate action when seriously injured at a retail store is that the owner could quickly change the accident scene, or even conceal evidence that proves your case. Macon’s seasoned premises law attorney David Mann immediately begins an investigation to prevent this. Not long ago, an injured victim received over $2 Million in damages from a large grocery chain because they destroyed key video evidence that supported the injured victim’s claim.
Georgia’s Civil Statute of Limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of a medical diagnosis: [O.C.G.A. §9-3-33]. Ours is also a “modified comparative negligence” state. This means that injured victims can win damages even if they were partially at fault; so long as that fault is determined to be less than 50 percent. No matter where it occurs, a serious accident affects your entire family. The seasoned attorneys of the Mann Law Firm in Macon will assist in your quest for fair compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses sustained in a Middle Georgia store accident. Contact us today at (478) 742-3381 or use our online form to arrange a free consultation.
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