Shopping Injury Attorneys in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
When you go shopping, you don’t think of it as a dangerous activity. You expect to go to the store or shopping mall, make a purchase, and go home. And that’s how it should be. Unfortunately, sometimes business managers and property owners fail to keep their premises safe, and accidents happen. Injuries suffered at shopping malls can cause injuries that are expensive to treat, and sometimes physical pain and suffering that has life-altering consequences.
If you or a loved one was injured in a shopping mall accident in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky and it wasn’t your fault, you have the right to file a claim and be compensated for your injuries and pain and suffering. Contact the Cincinnati premises liability lawyers of Lawrence & Associates today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys at (513) 351-5997 for a free consultation.
At Lawrence & Associates, we have years of experience defending our client’s rights and helping them recover the compensation they deserve. We can help you prove that the business owner or their tenant was negligent and is liable for your injuries.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Shopping Injury?
Injuries suffered while shopping can often involve multiple parties. Proving which party or parties were at fault can be difficult. For example, if you slipped on a wet floor in the mall, you will likely be dealing with adjusters from the mall’s insurance company. You could also have to deal with the insurance carriers of the manager or of the particular store in which you were injured.
One of the best ways to maximize your chances of winning your claim and avoid being taken advantage of by insurance adjusters is by hiring a shopping injury lawyer.
At Lawrence & Associates, we have years of experience representing clients who were wrongfully injured while shopping. We understand how to deal with insurance companies and navigate the legal system. We have the resources to construct a strong case to help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
We can help you file your claim on time, evaluate claim offers from insurance companies, and defend you in the event your case goes to court.
Why Should I Let Lawrence & Associates Handle My Case?
In order to win a shopping injury claim, you must prove which party or parties acted negligently. In other words, you must prove who is liable for your injuries. Since single shopping accident claims can involve many parties and insurance companies, this is difficult to do, especially if you’re on your own.
At Lawrence & Associates, we understand how to prove who is liable for your injury. We know the law, and we know insurance companies. Our years of successful negotiations and trials mean that we know what works to gain the compensation you deserve for the injuries you’ve suffered through no fault of your own.
We are dedicated to fighting for the people of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Over the years, we’ve used our knowledge and passion for personal injury law to bring in millions of dollars in settlements and awards for clients who were wrongfully injured.
Shopping injuries can lead to large hospital bills, missed work, and lost wages, as well as cause pain and suffering from the injury and emotional stress from financial hardship. We understand what people are going through and do our best to provide personal, professional, and compassionate service to our clients in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
How Do Shopping Injuries Happen?
Shopping injuries can happen for a variety of reasons, and sometimes, more than one party is at fault. When managers and store owners neglect to keep their spaces safe, people can be severely hur
Listed below are some common causes of shopping injuries:
- Overheated food or drinks that cause burns
- Falls because of missing or broken handrails
- Accidents in the parking lot
- Accidents related to construction sites and remodeling
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Accidents caused by poor lighting
- Being struck by falling debris
- Accidents caused by overcrowding
- Malfunctioning escalators or elevators
- Shopping cart injuries
- Assaults and muggings inside a store or parking lot
Some injuries that can result from shopping accidents include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Hip injuries
- Bruises and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
Some accidents are clearly the result of negligence on the part of a manager or store owner. However, owners may argue that they had no awareness the dangerous condition existed or that you are responsible for your own injury because you should have avoided the situation out of common sense.
Proving that the store owner was aware of the dangerous condition can be difficult to do. An experienced premises liability shopping injury attorney can collect evidence and build your case in a way that increases your chances of a successful claim.
Premises Liability and Proving Who Was at Fault
Proving who was at fault is critical to winning a shopping injury accident claim. Premises liability is the area of the law that obligates the owner of a property to take responsibility for maintaining it and keeping it reasonably safe for the benefit of people legally allowed to be on the property. This is especially important for owners of shopping centers, malls, stores, restaurants, cafes, and other places where customers go and expect to be safe from danger.
In order to win a premises liability claim for a shopping injury, you must prove the following:
- The property where the accident occurred is owned or rented by the party you believe is liable, and they are legally responsible for its maintenance.
- The owner or tenant was aware or should have been aware that unsafe conditions existed on the property, and they took insufficient steps or no steps at all to fix the problems.
- The accident could have been avoided if the owner or tenant had taken reasonable steps to fix the unsafe conditions.
- Your injury is the result of the owner’s or tenant’s negligence, and it has caused you pain and suffering and/or financial losses and hardships.
In some cases, after an accident, store owners or tenants try to remove evidence that could be damaging to them if you file a claim. For example, they may try to delete camera footage that shows what really happened, or to fix something that was broken when the accident occurred. To prevent this from happening, your personal injury attorney in Cincinnati can file a “spoliation letter” with the judge. This document will make sure that if any evidence is purposefully removed or goes missing, the store owner or tenant will held responsible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do after I have been injured?
Always seek medical attention after an injury, even if you do not believe your injuries are severe. Follow the medical advice you are given and save any documentation from doctors or hospitals. Bills and evidence of your visits will be useful later on if you decide to file a claim. Take photos of where the injury occurred, and write down the names and contact details of any witnesses. You can also begin to journal about your injuries and how they affect your life. As soon as you’re feeling healthy, get in touch with a personal injury attorney who knows how to handle shopping accident injury claims.
Should I speak with insurance agents after my injury?
No. Don’t speak with any insurance personnel before speaking with a personal injury lawyer. Insurance agents representing store owners or corporations may act like your friend and offer you compensation for your injuries. But don’t fall for it. They are often trying to get you to make a statement that could incriminate you or damage your case. And they are almost always trying to save themselves money and low-ball your compensation amount. An experienced personal injury lawyer in Cincinnati will fight for you and make sure you get the financial recovery you deserve.
How much is a personal injury lawyer for a shopping injury?
At Lawrence & Associates, we provide services to clients in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront charges for hiring us, and you will only have to pay an agreed-upon fee if your case is successful and you receive compensation. We take on clients we believe in and give everything we have to fighting for their rights.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after my injury?
Depending on what state you live in, the statute of limitations for how long you have to file a personal injury claim after an injury can vary. In Ohio, the statute of limitations requires that you file your lawsuit within two years. In Kentucky, you have one year to file. However, we recommend you contact a lawyer and begin your claim as soon as possible.
Contact Lawrence & Associates Shopping Injury Attorneys in Cincinnati
At Lawrence & Associates, we don’t think people should have to suffer because a property owner was irresponsible and failed to maintain a safe property for guests and customers. That’s why we’re proud to represent clients in our community who have been wrongfully injured in shopping accidents, and we’re not afraid to fight for their rights in court.
If you or a loved one was injured in the Greater Cincinnati area, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries to cover medical bills and other damages. Contact Lawrence & Associates today at (513) 351-5997 to discuss your case with one of our experienced shopping injury lawyers.