At a store and two employees were loading a grill I just purchased into my car. The flat cart on which they had brought the grill out to the parking lot began to roll. The angle of the parking lot and slight wind propelled it right towards another car. Trying to stop the cart so it would not damage someone else's car, the cart sqiveled when I was chasing it and got tangled in my feet. I fell and sustained a deep scrape to my left knee and substantial brusing to my right arm and thigh (so far, the brusing is still developing) and my right knee is swelling. I filled out an accident report but was not aware of the extent of injury. I will be seeking medical evaluation because of the extent of injury. Will the store have any responsibility for assisting with medical costs? Who do I notify
Good luck on this. If you want, I would start talking to a PI lawyer before you burn a bunch of time.
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You can fill out an incident report. Get a free consultation from a CO injury lawyer about your options. Be well.
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You did the right thing by notifying the store right away. The store probably has Medical Payment coverage which will cover your medical bills regardless of fault. It also has Liability coverage that will pay for more things like pain and suffering but you'd have to prove that they were more at-fault than you were...which might be difficult based on your description. Call a local personal injury attorney and they can explain your options more.
As others have said, medical payments coverage will pay for some or most of your medical bills regardless of fault. to recover more money from the company, you would have to show they were negligent in some way. Since you decided to chase the fleeing cart and it sounds like you caused your fall, the company is in no way negligent.
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Notify your attorney. This fact pattern gives the store a number of possible legal defenses to paying you anything.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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You may have a claim against the store. It is important to consult with a person injury/premises liability attorney as soon as possible, as there are time limitations that apply. An initial consultation with an attorney will likely include a discussion of the incident, your injuries, and your legal rights.
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