Department store accidents can happen easily if the premises are not properly maintained. If you were hurt in one, it is in your best interest to reach out to our Panama City slip & fall accident attorneys to discuss your legal options.

What are the most common causes of department store accidents in Florida?

Department store accidents can be caused by a number of different factors, however, most of the time, they are a direct result of a store owner and/or employee’s negligence. Some of the most common examples of negligence that our firm has seen result in a department store injury include:

  • Poorly lit parking lots
  • Falling merchandise from shelves
  • Spills left uncleaned
  • Liquids on bathroom floors
  • Poorly placed floor mats
  • Faulty escalators, elevators, or other equipment used in the store
  • Lack of security

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today if you were hurt in a department store. Our attorneys will put in the work needed to ensure that you obtain the compensation you need to heal.

What steps should I take after a department store accident?

Keep in mind that the state of Florida holds store owners and employees responsible for poorly kept grounds. This implies that store owners and employees should perform routine checks of the property to confirm that there are no hazardous conditions present. If these routine checks are not met, and an injury occurs as a result, the store owner and employees can be held responsible for negligence. If you were injured in a department store accident because of the negligence of another, you will want to take the following measures:

  1. Call 911. The police will send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, obtain witness statements, and more.
  2. Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions.
  3. Acquire contact information from any witnesses. In some instances, witness testimony can be vital to a successful premises liability claim.
  4. Seek medical attention right after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while also supplying you with evidence of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  5. Retain the services of one of our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys that can help you gather additional evidence, including police reports and security camera footage.
  6. Keep in mind that in the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is typically four years from the date of the accident. If you do not file within four years, you will lose the ability to recover the compensation you need to move forward.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.