Did you cut yourself from a dangerous condition at a store, such as broken glass or sharp objects on the floor? These incidents may not seem like a big deal, but laceration and puncture wounds can have serious consequences, especially when they happen in public settings like home improvement and big box stores.
As a victim of negligence by another party, you may have the right to demand the following payments from an accident claim against the store:
- Medical expenses, including mental health counseling
- Value of lost wages and work benefits
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Cost of legal representation
- Punitive damages
DTLA Law Group has been serving the interests of injury victims for over two decades. We are more than ready to bring you maximum payment from a cuts and lacerations lawsuit, so please contact us for a free consultation on your rights and legal options.
Deep Laceration Injuries at a Store
Cuts and punctures on the skin are fairly common injuries, but we normally don’t associate them with a shopping excursion at our favorite store. But there are many hazards at these places that can cause injuries to the skin, like broken glass and panels with sharp corners. People can also end up with cuts and lacerations due to objects on counters and in the sales aisles. If the item is strong and sharp enough, they can puncture though the soles on your shoes and penetrate the skin.
These accidents are especially common at Home Depot and other home improvement stores, as they contain many products that have the potential to cut someone. Saw blades, drill bits, scissors, and glass panels are just a few of the hazards that can injure an unsuspecting victim.
These conditions are fairly obvious, but what about hazards like broken / cracked walls and surfaces? Cracks and breaks in various surfaces also have the potential to cut or puncture your skin. Furthermore, accidents can happen in outdoor areas of the property, like the sidewalks and parking lot. It’s very common to see broken bottles, pieces of concrete, exposed metal, needles, and other debris in these areas, which the store is also responsible for.
How Serious is a Laceration Wound?
People generally underestimate these injuries, and we can certainly understand why. We get cuts on our skin all the time from all types of things, and it seems a bit silly to make a big deal out of it. But it’s crucial to take these incidents seriously and file an accident report with the store. You can do this by asking to speak with a manager and letting them know that you’ve been injured. Make sure to file an incident report before you leave the store, as it will help to establish that your accident took place on store property and not somewhere else.
You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible, as objects and surfaces in public settings are loaded with germs. As a result, you can end up with tetanus or sepsis, which are two of the most common bacterial infections. Seeing a doctor right away can prevent life-threatening complications, such as respiratory distress, seizures, low blood pressure, and extreme swelling. Gangrene can also develop from untreated cuts, which can result in amputation, and even death.
Aside from infections, you may have noticeable scarring for the rest of your life, which can be traumatic as it will serve as a constant reminder of the accident. However, just the fact that you have a disfiguring injury is traumatic in itself, especially if you have permanent scars on your face, arms, or another highly visible part of your body.
Can I File a Lawsuit against the Store?
Yes, you may have grounds to seek monetary compensation for a cuts and lacerations injury at a store. The basis of a lawsuit against a property owner is known as premises liability, which holds owners responsible someone is injured on their property from a dangerous condition. If this was a condition that the owner knew about or should have been aware of, they are liable for any injuries and property damage that are sustained by the victim. You must also establish the following:
- You were an invitee (at the store for a business reason) or a licensee (on the property for a social reason), meaning you had legitimate cause to be on the premises.
- As you had a valid reason to be on the property, the owner owed you a duty of care.
- That duty of care was breached by the owner’s negligence (or that of someone acting on the owner’s behalf).
- The accident that caused you to be injured is a direct result of the owner’s negligence.
- Your injuries caused you monetary losses, which gives you the right to demand from the owner / operators of the business.
While proving these elements will give you a solid foundation for a lawsuit, there is more work to be done before you can proceed with a premises liability claim. Our attorneys can take care of the legal process and ensure that you receive justice from a store injury accident case.
Average Case Value of a Cuts and Lacerations in a Store Lawsuit
Obviously, it’s important to have a sense of the amount you can recover from a lawsuit against the store. That’s why we are often contacted by accident victims about the average case value of a laceration injury accident claim. But case values are dependent on many factors, which are unique to the victim’s circumstances. For example, $25,000 to $50,000 may be an appropriate amount for certain claimants, while others are entitled to $500,000 and above, due to the lifelong medical issues and severe emotional trauma. Where you and your case will fall within this range remains to be seen, so please give us a call to find out the approximate value of your accident case if you sustained cut or puncture wounds while you were at a store.
Length of Time to Recover Your Payment
All personal injury claimants are anxious to resolve their case as soon as possible. We are with you 100% when it comes to settling your claim in a timely manner, but there’s no denying that the legal process takes considerable time to resolve. While a settlement offer will be made very quickly by the insurance company, you will genially find that the amount is much lower than you had hoped for. This is normal, and it’s our job as your legal representative to negotiate the highest possible settlement. Claims against major retailers, such as Lowes, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart often take around 8 to 10 months to settle, though it can take up to several years if it we need to request a trial. This is unlikely, however, as over 90% of store accident claims are settled privately.
Filing a Lawsuit – What is the Deadline?
The statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is 2 years in California, unless there are special circumstances in your case that must be approved by the court. Since most people will not qualify for an extension, it’s best to assume that you have two years from the time you are injured to file a claim against the store. To ensure that you have ample time to pursue a legal case, contact our office to discuss your rights with a cuts and lacerations lawsuit attorney.
Free Second Opinion
If you are having problems with your attorney or have concerns about your case, don’t hesitate to call us for a free second opinion. We are happy to review your claim and provide solutions to any problems that may have a negative impact on your compensation rights. Best of all, there is no fee to meet with us and receive advice on your existing accident case against the store where you were injured. Simply reach out to us at your earliest convenience and schedule a free second opinion consultation.
Lawyers with Experience in Cuts and Laceration Injuries
It always seems that accidents happen to us when we least expect it, and not all of these incidents can be blamed on someone else. But injuries at a store are often caused by safety issues that could have been resolved with cleaning, maintenance, and other reasonable measures. If you were injured due to negligence by a business owner or their employees, our lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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Since there is nothing to lose, please take this opportunity to contact our office and schedule a free case evaluation.