Do you have witnesses? There is discovery demands that your lawyer will serve after suit has been filed.
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Initially, if your injuries are significant at all, you are doing yourself a disservice by not consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. However, your testimony is proof that you went there. More difficult is connecting the injury to the treatment which might require an expert witness. An expert might also be required to prove the negligence.
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Just because they have denied liability doesn't mean that they are arguing that you were not there; however, they may be. Do you have any witnesses? Did you have to sign in when you arrived there? Do they have video? You likely need an attorney. We know how to prepare spoliation letters to protect potential evidence. We know how to properly investigate a matter such as this.
You should contact a personal injury attorney in your area who can review the facts and protect the evidence, your rights, and your claim. A consultation with a PI attorney is generally free, so you have nothing to lose.
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In addition to the other suggestions, I would suggest that you retain an attorney so you can protect any video surveillance of the location. That may be a key piece of evidence for you and many facilities such as this would have video on the entry doors as well as the cash registers.
First, make sure you get the proper medical attention for your injuries. Also, keep in mind that liability in personal injury cases is usually never clear cut, often disputed and always a question of fact. You can certainly testify that you went to the tanning center, and if the owner denies it, the trier of fact will have to decide who is more credible. Also, I assume the nature of your injuries are consistent with damage that occurred from the tanning equipment, but you will in some fashion need to prove that as well. Does the tanning center have insurance? In any case, you need to consult with a personal injury attorney to assist you who can investigate and give you guidance as to how to proceed. Personal injury attorneys typically handle cases on a contingency fee basis and give free consultations. Use the Find a Lawyer tab on Avvo to find one in your area. Best of luck to you...
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You definitely need the services of a personal injury lawyer. Are you sure they will deny you ever went there? Denying liability is different than denying you used their services.
If you are asking us the most very basic question on proving liability, this should show you that you need an attorney to assist you. You can prove the injury occurred where you said it did, by saying so under oath and also have your witness say, under oath, that she was there with you and that she too knows that your injuries were sustained there.
A more difficult proof question may be medically relating your specific injuries to the use of the tanning facilities. You should have an attorney assist you with this claim. Remember, the retailer will have his general liability insurance carrier representing him through a defense attorney paid for by the carrier.
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Your testimony and the testimony of witnesses. Subpeona video if it is available. You will also have to prove: That the tanning booth caused and/or negligent time exposure caused the injury.
Improve your odds, by hiring a local injury attorney, these claims aren't unheard of , but are somewhat rare, there not the auto injury claims that are so common, but I've had a few of them but in Delaware, and you seem to be in DC area, so find a DC licensed attorney.
Your testimony is evidence that you were at the tanning salon, along with anyone else that knew you were going there or was with you. Also, the tanning salon may have video cameras that record and you can get the recording through discovery. You can depose whatever person was working the counter that day to affirm your presence. If you know exactly when you were there, you can ask for the receipts from the cash register to show that the amount you paid was logged in at the exact time you were there. Also, get the names of all people that may have been working there at the time of your injury and depose them.
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