Can I Sue a Negligent Business for My Injury?

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Whether you are running an errand at the local supermarket, having dinner at a nearby restaurant, or otherwise patronizing a business, you may be made a victim of a slip and fall incident. This may come as a shock, as these are seemingly harmless activities. Nonetheless, it is possible to sustain injuries and damages if there are potentially dangerous conditions present. Follow along to find out whether you can sue a negligent business for your slip and fall injury and how a proficient Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you in pursuing a claim.

Can I sue a negligent business for my slip and fall injury?

Yes, you may seek financial compensation for your slip and fall injury via a personal injury claim. But you may only direct this claim against a business if they were truly negligent in maintaining their premises. That is, you must confirm the following circumstances as true:

  1. The business owner was responsible for upholding a certain duty of care.
  2. The business owner breached this duty of care by failing to recognize and rectify a hazard on their premises.
  3. You are suffering serious injuries as a direct result of your encounter with this hazard.

Can a store incident report support my claim?

As a plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you are responsible for fulfilling a burden of proof. In other words, you must offer a sufficient amount of proof that points to the negligence of a business. And a pivotal piece of proof that may help you in accomplishing this is a store incident report.

Generally speaking, a store incident report may record the “who, what, when, where, how, and why” of your slip and fall. More specifically, it may contain the following contents:

  • Your contact information.
  • The contact information of the business owner.
  • The contact information of present witnesses.
  • The present hazards that may have possibly contributed to your slip and fall.
  • A brief summary of the events that led up to your slip and fall.

It is critical that you request a copy of this store incident report while you are still at the scene of your incident. You may also request that a copy be submitted to the business’s insurance company.

And if a business owner is resistant to conducting this report, you may ask them what their business policy is regarding this. Or, you may wait for a law enforcement officer to arrive at the place of business.

At the end of the day, if you sustained injuries due to a negligent business, you need a talented Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer by your side. Contact White Personal Injury to retain our services today.

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