She avoided catastrophe!
She can talk to a personal injury attorney to see if she has a possible claim.
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Sorry to hear of the incident. Immediately contact a local personal injury attorney - most offer free consultations.
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You will need a good attorney who'll understand the jurisdictional challenges of your personal injury claim.
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Well, the first issue is jurisdictional. Am I understanding correctly that your friend purchased the item in Michigan and LIVES in Michigan as well? Or did she purchase the item in Michigan and lives in Virginia? I would think that she would have to talk to a Michigan attorney about the case. I'm not sure if Virginia's "long-arm statute" is going to bring the Michigan store under the jurisdiction of Virginia.
If she can bring the case in Michigan rather than Virginia, she may have a better opportunity. Virginia is one of four states (and DC) that still permits a contributory negligence defense to injury cases. If the defense (the store) can show that she was the least bit responsible for her injuries, she is barred from recovering anything in compensation. I say this because from your statement, she "realized what it was" and then she "took it in her hand". That may be enough to say she is somewhat responsible.
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