What is your question? If your question is, do you have a personal injury claim? The answer is likely, no. A bruise and soreness is probably not sufficient to substantiate any sort of pain and suffering claim. There are no hospital bills. Lastly, and I am not saying it was your fault, but you very well could of contributed to the jewelry holder failing.
Even though the employee basically admitted that this jewelry holder is not stable, the main hurdle you face is proving damages. A personal injury attorney will be able to give you a better idea if you have any viable claim against the store.
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There are several parts to any lawsuit for personal injury… one of them is damages. Thankfully you were not injured very badly. Bruises do not justify bringing a lawsuit.
Monetize your damages. What is a bruise worth? A couple bucks, max? Maybe a hundred? Now think about how much it would cost to simply file a lawsuit - $300-$450 dollars, depending on your county in Ohio and whether you include a jury demand. Its easy to see that it doesn't make financial sense.
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You can pursue a "personal injury" claim against the store for your injuries but will need to seek medical attention first. Get good color photographs of your injuries immediately and call a local, experienced lawyer to help you. The value of your claim will be determined by how badly (if at all) you were hurt. So, the photos might help or hurt your case. Good luck!
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