I WAS INJURED AT A STORE, WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?
Many people have heard that if someone is injured in a store or business property, the owner is automatically responsible for their medical bills, time off from work/lost wages, and for compensation for the injury. Unfortunately, that is mostly just a myth. Actually, Minnesota law only holds the business or store owner or business responsible for injuries that occur on their property if the accident was their fault.
Determining 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 experienced injury 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. Also make sure to get the name and contact person you report the incident to, as well as any other employees or witnesses if possible. Ask for a copy of the report before you leave the premises. Do not sign this accident 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. Pictures of the accident area are often crucial in helping our top MN injury lawyers prove the case.
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 still 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 an accident injury 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 25 years’ experience successfully handling hundreds of cases where someone was injured at a store or business, including slip fall, trip fall cases, accidents where something falls off of a shelf and hits our client, a machine malfunctions, a floor is mopped and no wet sign is put out, an empty pallet is left in a store isle, and many others. Our lawyers will provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless you are compensated for your injuries.