My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
Even though there are many store owners who will step up and do the right thing to make sure your injuries are adequately compensated for after you slip or fall on the premises, don't be surprised if even getting medical bills paid becomes a hassle. In these situations, there is a rule set to keep in mind to ensure you are treated fairly.
Always contact a personal injury attorney immediately.
The first thing that you should do after seeking medical attention for your injuries is to contact an attorney for advice. Delaying the initial contact with an attorney could easily lead to costly mistakes that could otherwise be avoided when you have professional guidance for your situation. For example, if a place of business offers to pay your first few medical bills as long as you sign something saying you are okay, this could prevent you from taking legal action if injuries are exacerbated later on.
Be careful who you share information with after your injury.
If you know store employees well or shop at the location often, you may be tempted to go into great detail with store employees during general conversation prompted by a simple: how are you feeling or how have you been? Once you are injured and have contacted a lawyer, it is best to avoid sharing the details of your injuries with anyone other than your immediate family. Simple statements can be misconstrued as declarations that you are no longer suffering--especially in the eyes of a store owner who may be facing a personal injury claim against them.
Carefully document every aspect of the injury.
Keep tabs of every detail of what happens after you are injured in a place of business. Keep a file that contains all of the information that could be helpful when and if you do file a claim. This file should contain:
You may shop at the same stores often, familiar with the surroundings, and even trust the employees or feel a bond with the store owner, but if something happens and you are injured on site in a retail store, the atmosphere can change really quickly. Be sure you get in touch with a personal injury attorney any time you are injured after a slip and fall in a retail store.