What should I do after slipping and falling at a national chain store? How? 16 Answers as of July 16, 2015

I slipped on a significant amount of water at a local, national super store. The puddle was near a display of packaged water for sale. I fell very hard and damaged my foot, neck, and back. I filled out an accident report but I have not sought medical attention yet, but am thinking about it. Could I potentially have a case? What should I do from here?

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Robinette Legal Group, PLLC
Robinette Legal Group, PLLC | Jeffery Robinette
Immediately seek treatment, follow doctor's orders, then contact an injury attorney in your area.
Answer Applies to: West Virginia
Replied: 7/16/2015
S. Joseph Schramm | Joseph Schramm
You could potentially have a case for damages, but you should retain legal counsel to help you in this matter. A lot will turn on factors such as how big the puddle was, how long it probably was on the ground, whether there were any efforts made to cordon off the area or clean up the liquid and whether you should have been able to have seen the puddle in time to avoid it. You should also see a doctor to determine the nature and extent of your injuries.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 7/16/2015
Pius Joseph A Professional Law Corp. | Pius Joseph
Hire an attorney immediately. You need the store to preserve the video footage.You should seek medical attention immediately. If you prove liability, then you will have a good claim against the super store. Keep in mind that stores do not settle cases without a fight.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/16/2015
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
It sounds like you have done everything you need to do except go to the Dr. if you need to. The store would be liable only if you could show they knew or should have known the water was there and they failed to clean it up or guard or warn against it. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/16/2015
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
If you have not gone to the doctor within a week of the accident, your case is worth garbage. If you were injured, you would have gone for treatment. At this point, you are just trying to build a case. Beside that, under Michigan law, you have the burden of proving 1) that they knew or should have known that the water was there, and 2) that you could not see it (not that you just didn't see it.)
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/16/2015
    Utah Injury Lawyer
    Utah Injury Lawyer | Will Rodgers
    Contact a personal injury to discuss whether you have a good premises liability (slip and fall) injury case. Do not try to do anything on the potential case yourself as you do not know what you are doing and will cause more harm than good. Get care for your injuries immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    Because you have not sought or received any medical treatment yet, you have minimize your potential claim. In addition, you must prove that the owner was negligent. You admitted to seeing the large puddle, so why did you not avoid it?
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
    You will need proof like a photo or the name of a non-friend or family witness. Even then, they will blame you for not watching. Unless you broke something, a strain sprain injury will not interest a contingency fee attorney. Too much risk and work to justify a contingency fee arrangement and an hourly fee would be a non-starter.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
    You would potentially have a case, but you would have as stronger one if you had seen a doctor immediately after the accident, perhaps in an E.R. If there was a lot of water on the floor, the store could argue that you were negligent about looking after yourself, since you should have seen the water and avoided t. This reduces your damages. It's not clear how much time has passed since the accident. If it was very recent, you may not know the extent or permanency of your injuries Apart from seeing a doctor right away, also contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Good Luck.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    If you are inured, get medical attention. You should do so not for the sake of a potential claim, but because you are hurt. If you are not injured, then just shake it off and be done with it, don't try to get medical attention for the sake of intending to build a claim out of it.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
    If it has been a week or two and you still have symptoms, go to your Dr. to see what is wrong. With no medical bills, they are not likely to offer you very much at all. Take some photos of the spot where you fell and showing the water bottles. Contact the store to see what they are willing to do and before doing anything else go to some local personal injury attorneys to see what they think. They will probably tell you that with soft tissue injuries only, the case is too small for them to handle except to maybe charge a flat fee for a settlement demand letter.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Law Office of Lisa Hurtado McDonnell | Lisa Hurtado McDonnell
    If you think of suing for personal injury you have to be injured and that is measured by the medical care costs and loss of wages. I don't know how you can be thinking of suing without already seeking medical care of the injury.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    The Law Offices of Russell Gregory, P.C.
    The Law Offices of Russell Gregory, P.C. | Russell Gregory
    This definitely should be investigated. In the meantime, do not speak to anyone you don't know about this. Insurance companies and their lawyers are notorious for trying to get to claimants before they're represented, so that the defense can shape the case their way. They'll never help you, and they'll do everything they can to hurt your claim, including leading you into admissions that will harm or even preclude your claim. The law in this area is very tricky, and it's very defense-oriented. Don't fall into their traps. Tell your family and friends, too, as the defense will often try to get to them for information they can use. Your injuries need to be confirmed and documented. This should be done through representation, so as to ensure a proper presentation of your damages. If you haven't made a claim yet, don't do it before you're represented. They'll start trying to harm your claim as soon as you make one, in ways you won't even be aware of (such as secretly videoing you from a distance doing things involving your foot, neck and back, to show that you're not really injured). Finally, do not delay pursuing a lawsuit. Even if the statute of limitations isn't close to running (3 years, generally, in Michigan), your case becomes weaker over time, through lost evidence, witnesses, etc. If you're truly interested in pursuing the matter, act now.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Law Offices of Richard M. Levy P.C.
    Law Offices of Richard M. Levy P.C. | Richard M. Levy
    Maybe - consult a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    You have a case if you can demonstrate that the store knew or should have known of the hazard and had a reasonable opportunity to remove it. You should get treatment right away not only for your health but to demonstrate that your injury is related to the fall. You would be best served to have legal representation.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 7/16/2015
    Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
    Slip and fall cases are, by their nature, difficult. First, you must be able to prove negligence on the part of the property owner/occupant. Negligence could be defined as the failure to use REASONABLE care; the owner is not a guarantor. To do this, you must be able to prove that the owner put the slippery substance there, or that they had prior knowledge of the hazard and failed to take care of it promptly. Second, they will claim comparative fault, meaning that you had a duty to watch where you were walking, and thus are partly at fault. The result is that most lawyers are reluctant to take a slip and fall case unless there are substantial damages, and there are at least some arguments to be made on the question of fault.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/16/2015
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