Salvation Army Injury Lawyer
The Downtown LA Law Group has worked tirelessly to win compensation for individuals who have been injured at Salvation Army stores and similar locations. We know that slip and fall accidents are quite common, and that some truck drivers who carry the store’s materials are negligent. We have years of experience in this area of law, and our attorneys will gladly work around the clock to secure you the compensation you deserve.
Accidents and Injuries at Salvation Army Stores
Salvation Army stores have a lot of materials inside them. There are many employees who are supposed to sort through everything and keep the aisles clean and free from clutter and debris, but the sheer influx of materials means this is not always possible. The dangers of this are apparent, though. Many customers can potentially fall, slip, trip, or get snagged on different things while browsing.
Slip and fall accidents are extremely common. We have handled cases where individuals have slipped on discarded clothing, ripped carpets, curtains, and more. Toys, books, and appliances also may be in the aisles, leading to trip and fall injuries.
There is also the possibility that you can be injured thanks to a defective or malfunctioning item at the store. Many people donate items that are partially broken, and if the employees do not catch these items, they can be dangerous to others. For example, faulty appliances may suddenly explode or crack when being used, resulting in injuries. Chairs are among the most common items with defects, as a broken chair may look table at first until there is weight placed on it. A collapsed chair or broken chair can result in many injuries to the individual trying to sit in it.
Outside of the store, it is possible that you can be involved in an accident with a Salvation Army truck. These trucks are often large and are focused on getting to the stores; the drivers are not always the most skilled like most professional truck drivers are. If you have been hurt by a truck dropping goods off at a Salvation Army, you can still sue the company for damages.
Examples of injuries that can arise from accidents at Salvation Army stores include:
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Aggravation of previous injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Crushing injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
Don’t let an accident at a Salvation Army run you into debts. The company should be held accountable for your injuries and expenses if they were negligent in some way. Contact our law firm to speak with a Salvation Army lawsuit attorney.
Slip and fall Accident
Steps to Take to Sue Salvation Army
To sue the Salvation Army for injuries suffered at one of their stores, you must show that there was negligence of some kind. To file a premises liability lawsuit, for example, you must establish yourself as an invitee – that is, a customer in the store who was there for a mutual benefit. Licensees are considered social guests and trespassers are those with no legal right to be on the property. Invitees are afforded the highest level of care.
You then must show any of these three points:
- The property owner or manager knew there was a hazard and did nothing to fix it or warn customers about it
- The property manager caused the hazard to come into being
- The property owner was not aware of the hazard or issue but reasonably should have been as any other attentive property manager would have noticed it
Once you have this established, you should gather evidence to submit to the Salvation Army insurance company. You can follow these steps to gather your proof:
First, you should get medical treatment from a hospital. You do not want to wait too long to get your wounds dealt with; the longer you wait, the more likely it is that the insurance company will deny your claim. Further, your injuries will worsen without treatment. It is imperative that you act quickly. You also will need to hold on to all medical receipts, doctor’s notes, test results, and more.
You should take photos of the injuries you suffered to show how badly you were injured. Additionally, you will need photos of the Salvation Army, the scene of the accident, and more. If possible, you can acquire security footage showing the incident. This may be difficult to get, though, as the company will not want to incriminate itself.
You can ask any nearby eyewitnesses for their statements and testimonies if they sw the incident happen. They can provide additional support for your claim. You may also ask workers at the Salvation Army, but they are less likely to provide you with proof, as they may be retaliated against if they do so.
You should file an incident report with the Salvation Army so they know there was an accident and you intend to sue. Do not accept vouchers, coupons, free items, or refunds on anything, or they can claim that you were already paid for the damages and a lawsuit is unnecessary.
Finally, call a lawyer with experience in Salvation Army store injuries. We will be able to win you the damages you deserve, as you likely won’t have the legal experience required to deal with the claim. We know the best methods for success, and while we are fighting for your rights, you can focus on healing or returning to your normal daily life.
Time Limit to Sue Salvation Army for Injuries
The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit against the Salvation Army is 2 years from the date of the injury. If you do not sue in that time, you will be unable to pursue a claim in the future. It is important that you move quickly, as evidence will get corrupted very easily. Many victims are unaware that there is a statute of limitations on their claim or they do not know how much time remains at all. They may miss out on their chance to receive compensation because they thought they had more time. You should prevent this from happening by speaking with an attorney who can submit your case on time.
You can also figure out if you are eligible for any exceptions to the statute of limitations. The statute can be suspended if you were under the age of 18 years old when the incident happened, since minors cannot legally sue. When you turn legal age, you will be able to adhere to the 2-year deadline. Further, incapacitated individuals cannot sue since they are not in their right state of mind or in the proper physical condition to make an informed judgment or decision. Once they return to health and normalcy, they will be able to file a claim.
Talk with an attorney today to accurately determine your case’s statute of limitations.
Restitution from a Salvation Army Injury Lawsuit
If you were injured in a Salvation Army store, you can pursue ample compensation for your damages. The store should be held accountable if it were dangerous in some way or if it did not provide you with the proper safety and care. The value of your claim will be determined by the insurance agent handling the case. He will look at how old you are, your career, the extent of your injuries, and your level of accountability in the incident before he makes an offer. Our job is to counter this offer and ensure that you are fully compensated, since most insurance agents simply want to protect the profits of the company.
We will work to win you the following damages:
- Medical bills and expenses for hospitalization, surgery, ambulatory transportation, medication and prescriptions, physical therapy, and future treatments
- Lost income if you were unable to go to work or earn a living, whether in the past or in the future
- Property damage if your personal belongings were lost or broken in the incident
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional anxiety, fear, PTSD, psychological scarring, and more
You should be given the fairest settlement available. Our team of expert lawyers will work hard to win you the fullest damages possible for your case.
Why Choose Us
The Downtown LA Law Group has a history of success in helping clients who have been hurt at Salvation Army stores and other retail and thrift outlets. We know how to best win these lawsuits and our successes speak for themselves. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients over the years, and our aggressive attorneys are constantly among the most highly rated lawyers in the city. We will aggressively pursue your restitution and will not stop until we are satisfied with the result.
Call us today to schedule a free legal consultation with an expert attorney. If you have specific questions, we’ll gladly answer them. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee if you hire us to represent you. This means we won’t get paid unless and until we win – the money will come out of the settlement won from the insurance company, so your finances will remain untouched. If we lose, we are paid nothing, and you owe us nothing at all.
Don’t hesitate to call the Downtown LA Law Group today if you need to file an injury lawsuit against the Salvation Army.