I WAS INJURED AT A STORE, WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?
Many people believe that if you are injured in a store or business property, the owner is automatically responsible for your medical bills, time off from work, and for compensating you for the injury. Actually, Minnesota law only holds the business or store owner or manager responsible for injuries that occur on their property if the accident was their fault.
Whether or not the accident was the store’s fault usually requires some investigation and legal analysis. Therefore, we advise that you contact an experienced attorney if you have been injured at a store or on someone’s property to determine whether or not you have a legal case against the owner or manager of the property.
The first thing to do after you have been injured in a store or business is to report the injury to the owner or manager. You should tell them generally that you were injured on their property, what happened, where it happened and briefly describe your injuries. Do not provide a recorded or written statement regarding the incident until you speak with an attorney. If the person who you notify of the incident fills out a report, make sure that you review the report to ensure that it is accurate. Ask for a copy of the report before you leave the premises. Do not sign this report.
Also, if you are with someone, have them use their phone to take photographs of the area where you were injured, especially including anything that caused your injury. It is always a good idea to take as many photographs as you can from every angle. If you are alone and can take the photographs yourself, do so. Otherwise, try to have a friend or family member go back to where the accident happened as soon as possible and take the photographs for you.
If there is no one present at the business at the time of your injury, you should immediately contact the business in writing regarding the incident. Again, inform the owner generally about what happened, where it happened, and briefly describe your injuries.
Even if you don’t have a legal case against the owner of the property, you may be entitled to certain medical benefits under the property owner’s insurance company. See also, How To Get Medical Bills Paid. Please contact our office right away so that a lawyer can provide you information on what benefits may be available to you. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with over 20 years experience handling hundreds of personal injury cases. Our lawyers will provide you with a free inititial consultation and we never charge anything unless you are compensated for your injuries.