As New Jersey starts opening up its retail doors back to the public again, it is important to be sure these grounds are safe. Retail store owners and the staff they employ have a legal obligation to make sure their grounds cannot cause harm to shoppers. This is because the failure to take care of the grounds can cause serious accidents. When an accident happens, shoppers can sustain injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and more. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action against a negligent party to recover compensation for the damages. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance.
Who is Responsible for a Retail Store Accident?
Retail store owners and the staff they employ owe their shoppers a duty of care. This means they are required to maintain the property conditions so they do not become hazardous and threaten the safety of shoppers. Doing so includes conducting routine inspections so that if any dangers arise, they can be fixed immediately. If an accident occurs because the store owner or employees failed to do so, the injured party can pursue legal action for damages. Examples of hazards that are often found in retail stores can include spilled liquids, uneven walkways, poor lighting, unsafe parking lots, construction hazards, and more.
How Can I Prove Negligence?
After a retail store accident causes injuries to shoppers, legal action can be sought to recover compensation for the damages incurred. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit. During this time, the injured party is required to satisfy the burden of proof with evidence. This can be done by proving the store owner and/or the staff knew about the hazard and failed to fix it. Helpful evidence may be if there was actual notice or constructive notice. Actual notice is any record that proves the store owner knew about the existence of the hazard. Constructive notice is if the owner failed to inspect their property entirely. An experienced attorney can help to gather the proper evidence necessary to prove negligence.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.