So I was shopping at a store and was heading for parking validation to the register. There were smashed pieces of blueberries on the floor which I didn't see (had my infant son on my arms), slipped and fell. I managed to fall on my knees (rather than forward and possibly hurting the child) and landed on one knee. Its been a little over a week and there is still pain (possibly bruising only) on my knee and I reported instant pain of an hyperextended groin as well on the incident report. Well, I didn't go to the doctor right away but I may go now as the pain hasn't subside. All my medical bills are covered under insurance and my copayments are paid for by my hospital (through a program) as well.
Now the store is calling me, should I hire a lawyer and have them touch bases? Is there anything to sue for? Seems like they just tried covering their behinds as opposed to making sure I was okay.
The reason to hire a PI attorney would be to protect and pursue a PI case. Currently, you don't have a PI case since you haven't gone to the doctor, have no diagnosis, no treatment and no prognosis. You should really take care of that before you talk to the store or to a PI attorney. And don't talk to the store, ever.
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In the first instance you have to find out if there’s anything amiss with your knee. If you heal up well thank whoever it is you think and move on. For something serious get it taken care of gather your records together and see a lawyer
Sounds like you have a good case. You should definitely consult with an attorney who handles slip and fall cases as soon as possible.
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The only way a PI lawyer will become involved is if you have medical treatment arising from the injury and incident. You are correct--the store is just trying to cover their behind. If you do not have medical treatment, though, no experienced personal injury attorney will handle the case. Get treatment immediately, and then consult with a personal injury attorney.
I am sorry to hear about your experience. See a doctor as soon as you can, not only to evaluate your injury but also to strengthen your claim.
You have a potential case here. Under the laws on premises liability, the owners of the store must practice reasonable care to ensure that the premises of the store are reasonably safe from the hidden hazards and dangerous conditions that can cause injury. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to review your case and discuss your options.
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If you are still in pain, you should see a doctor to make sure there is nothing wrong with your knee. You should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so they can go over in detail what the process would be should you decide to pursue a claim against the store.
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