Premises liability is a type of personal injury claim that arises when an injury is caused by a dangerous or defective condition on someone else’s property. As with other personal injury cases, premises liability cases are based on the negligence of the at-fault party. If you were injured in a mall, the fault of the accident will likely fall on the mall itself if the conditions of the accident are a direct result of the mall’s carelessness or recklessness.
Liability is a legally enforceable claim on the assets of a business or property of an individual. In business, liability results from a breach of duty or obligation by act or failure to act. When the mall is held liable for your accident, they are responsible for paying you damages that cover the cost of your medical bills or lost wages.
The only way to hold a mall liable for your injuries is to file a premises liability claim with a personal injury lawyer. With the help of an attorney, you can compile a strong case that demonstrates the negligence of the mall, whether that means creating dangerous conditions or failing to address hazards that could cause an unsuspecting shopper to get hurt. If you can successfully demonstrate that the shopping mall caused or created conditions that lead to you getting hurt, you can recover compensation for your medical bills and lost wages following the accident.
What Should I Do If I Got Injured At A Store In The Mall?
If you were injured in any way within a retail store in a shopping mall, first get medical attention. Making sure that you are in a safe and stable condition is critical. If you have been injured within a certain retail store, such as slipped and fell, tripped on merchandise, or got hurt in an elevator or escalator, talk to the manager of the retail store first. Get their contact information and be sure to get the eyewitness testimony of anyone who saw what happened to you. Your premises liability claim will likely be resolved by the retail store if the store itself created hazardous conditions that caused your accident.
In some cases, those who become injured in malls take up more than one claim. You may also seek damages from the shopping mall itself depending on the nature of the accident. For example, if you slipped on a puddle that formed from a leak in the roof, the leaky roof is the mall’s responsibility to fix, not the retail store’s. Be sure to speak with the shopping mall management before leaving the premises, and always leave with contact information to ensure you can follow up if need be, as the cause of your injury might be more complex than it seems.
Even if your injury occurred within a store, sometimes the hazardous circumstances within the store are a result of the shopping mall’s negligence, and not the retail chain. Speak with both parties to be safe, and always consult with a lawyer after getting hurt in any capacity in a public place.
What Happens If I Was Injured In A Common Area Of The Mall?
If your injury did not occur within a specific store of the mall, the shopping mall itself will likely be held accountable for your injuries. This might include: a slip and fall in the shopping mall restroom, tripping over electrical wires in common spaces, or slipping on a spill that was not labeled with a wet floor sign. Injuries that occur in the parking lot of the mall can also fall under the mall’s responsibility, but double check with a lawyer as injuries involving a car or motorcycle may not fall under premises liability.
If you were hurt in a common area of the mall such as the food court, restroom, or on an elevator or escalator, contact mall security right away. Be sure to explain the nature of your injuries to those in charge, and always leave with the mall security or management team’s contact information. You will need this information to compile evidence that demonstrates the mall’s fault in this accident scenario.
If there were any witnesses that saw your accident happen in real-time, speak with them right away and document their testimony. Get their contact information as well so you can follow up with them at a later date if need be. When you contact a lawyer to start building your injury case, they will contact the shopping mall to retrieve security camera footage and other pertinent evidence if need be. By taking these steps and contacting a premises liability lawyer as soon as you have been injured, you can hold the shopping mall accountable for your injuries and recover the compensation that you deserve sooner.
Schedule A Free, No-Obligation Consultation With The Accident Network Law Group If You Were Injured In A Shopping Mall
It is never an easy task to determine who’s at fault in an accident. With so many factors coming into play, the details of the accident can be confusing and you may be unsure if you have grounds to file a premises liability claim at all. If you’ve been injured in a mall, you may be wondering who’s at fault and how you can hold them accountable. Don’t try to stand up to these big companies all on your own. If you suffered an injury in a shopping mall, The Accident Network Law Group can help you determine who is at fault so you can hold them accountable for your damages.
You shouldn’t have to suffer the cost of medical treatment if your injury was not your fault. At The Accident Network Law Group, we held California accident victims who’ve been injured in a shopping mall recover damages for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering expenses. The sooner you call a premises liability lawyer, the sooner you can begin the process of holding the shopping mall accountable and recovering damages as you deserve.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to any accident victim who’s been hurt in a shopping mall in California. Call our Riverside or Costa Mesa premises liability law offices at (951) 291-0976 or send us an email at [email protected]