Retail Store Accidents
When shopping for clothing or other items at a retail store, being injured is the furthest thing from your mind. Customers do not expect to encounter a dangerous condition when they are simply visiting a business. However, sometimes these businesses do not have proper protocols in place to protect their patrons, and when that failure leads to a serious injury, the property owner or operator should be held responsible. The Nashville premises liability attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC help victims who are injured by a retail store’s neglect pursue proper compensation from liable parties. We assist people throughout Williamson and Davidson Counties, providing skilled legal advice in investigation, negotiations, and any necessary court proceedings.Seeking Compensation after a Retail Store Accident
Various situations can lead a person to stumble and fall, and sometimes the situation is just a simple loss of footing. However, at other times, a store’s careless failure to notice or rectify a dangerous condition is to blame. In situations in which a business has shirked its duties to patrons, leading to an injury, it should be held accountable for the harm caused. Many dangers can exist in retail stores where proper attention is not being paid, including:
- Liquids that are left on the floor for lengthy periods of time, or without signs and warnings,
- Merchandise unsafely placed on a shelf, or heavy objects stored too high and likely to fall,
- Objects obscuring aisles and walkways,
- Uneven flooring, poorly maintained parking lots, or broken steps, or
- Inadequate security.
Storeowners owe a duty to their customers to keep their premises safe. If a patron sustains an injury in a slip and fall or another accident, many forms of compensation may be available.
In Tennessee, business owners owe visitors of their establishments a duty to keep their property free from potential dangers and to fix or warn patrons of existing hazards. An injured plaintiff can seek compensation from a retail storeowner or operator by filing a premises liability claim. To establish liability, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant knew or should have known about the unsafe condition that caused his or her injury, and that the defendant failed to take timely action to rectify it. For instance, a store that fails to repair a roof that leaks every time it rains, causing water to remain on the floor, may be held liable to a customer who slips and strikes his or her head.
Damages recoverable for an injured plaintiff may include past and future medical expenses, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Since property owners often have insurance, and insurance companies may be on their side, these cases may be difficult for the average individual to pursue on their own. Consulting with an experienced attorney can help ensure your legal rights are protected. In Tennessee, the time frame for filing these claims is restricted, and they must be filed within one year from the date of the injury.Discuss Your Premises Liability Case with a Nashville Attorney
If you were harmed in a preventable accident while visiting a retail store, the Nashville premises liability lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC can help you explore your legal options. We also can assist injured people in Franklin, Sylvan Park, Brentwood, Belle Meade, and other communities in Davidson and Williamson Counties. Call us at 615-800-7096 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a slip and fall attorney.