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What should victims document after a supermarket accident?

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Individuals typically fail to realize the potential threat supermarkets pose to their well-being. Going to the supermarket shouldn’t be a dangerous activity, however, it can be if dangerous conditions are left unattended. Supermarket accidents are a common occurrence and can result in tragic injuries. Supermarket owners and staff are legally responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their customers. If they fail to do so, they will be found negligent for any injuries that occur as a result. If you or someone you care about has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact a qualified Prince George’s County Supermarket Accident Attorneys who can help you recover reasonable damages. Our firm of dedicated attorneys is committed to helping our clients get the justice they deserve.

How can victims fulfill the burden of proof after a supermarket accident?

Supermarkets must maintain a safe environment for their customers. If they fail to do so, they will be found negligent for any accidents and injuries that occur as a result. When a victim is injured they must fulfill the burden of proof. Injured individuals must prove that the supermarket knew or reasonably should have known about the dangerous conditions that led to their injuries and failed to remedy them. Victims can do so by taking these measures:

Medical Attention

Victims should immediately seek medical attention after being injured. A medical professional should assess and treat your injuries. Victims should keep any relevant medical records to show the extent of their injuries.

Incident report 

Injured individuals should ask the manager for an incident report. This will help victims document the origin of the incident that resulted in their injuries. Victims should also ask for the on-duty manager and staff’s names.

Photos or videos

Victims should try to capture photos or videos of the dangerous conditions that led to their injuries. Injured individuals should take photos of the dangerous conditions. For instance, if there was a spill and there was no hazard warning sign, take a picture as it can prove the supermarket left this dangerous condition unattended which led to your injury.

Witnesses 

Accidents may have been witnessed by a fellow shopper, victims should ask them for their contact information. This way when the time comes they can help back up your claim against any negligent parties. Witnesses may have also captured video or photographic proof of the accident, victims should have them send it to them as proof.

What is the statute of limitations for premises liability?

In Maryland, under premises liability laws, you have three years from the date your injury was inflicted to file a claim. However, if you fail to file a claim within this timeframe, you will be barred from ever doing so in the future. Victims must act quickly after these types of incidents because if they wait too long they could miss the deadline. Therefore, losing any opportunity to be financially compensated for their damages. Additionally, victims will have to satisfy the burden of proof. This means they will have to prove that their injuries were directly caused by negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a supermarket accident, reach out to one of our a trusted and determined attorneys who can help you prove your injuries were directly caused by negligence. Our team members can help you recover fair compensation for your damages.

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