When people own a property, they are required by law to keep the grounds safe. This is true for retail store owners and the staff they employ to run the business. If a property becomes hazardous, it can cause accidents to happen that lead shoppers to sustain severe injuries. This can include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and more. As a result of this, injured parties can pursue legal action against a negligent party to recover compensation. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for assistance.
Who is Responsible for a Retail Store Accident?
Retail store owners and their staff in the state of Maryland owe their shoppers a duty of care. This means they must take care of the property so that it does not become dangerous and cause accidents. There are many ways a retail store can be properly maintained. This includes conducting routine inspections so that any hazards that do arise can be rectified immediately. Examples of hazards that can be found in retail stores can include spilled liquids, uneven walkways, poor lighting, unsafe parking lots, construction hazards, and more. The failure to take care of these matters can result in the store owner or staff being held liable for the injuries sustained.
How Can I Prove Negligence?
When a retail store accident causes injuries to shoppers, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation. This is possible through a personal injury lawsuit in which the injured party is required to prove the negligent party knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard and failed to fix it. There are many forms of evidence that can prove to be helpful during this time, including an actual notice or constructive notice. Actual notice consists of any record that proves the store owner knew about the hazard, while constructive notice is if the owner did not inspect the entire property. An experienced attorney can help to gather the proper evidence necessary to prove negligence.
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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Ruben Law Firm today.