What You Need to Know About Business-Related Injuries
If you suffered injury in some way by a business and you feel they are responsible, you have the option of filing a lawsuit. However, the process can be long and complex, especially if the business is a large, multi-national corporation.
Two reasons exist why you might sue a business for injuries. One is if you are hurt while on the property of a business. The other way to suffer injury is through product liability. Here is some information about potential injuries you could suffer at the hands of a business and the steps you need to take next.
Injuries on Business Property
Businesses have a duty to make sure the property they own or maintain is safe. The responsibility is on not only those in managerial positions but also anyone who works for the business. No matter if the employee is a custodian or a senior-level executive, everyone needs to report any problem that can cause injuries to customers or visitors of the business property.
The employees of a business need to provide warning of any problems which can cause an injury. If you are in a fast-food restaurant, for example, and you have a wet spill near the drink dispensers, the employees have a duty either to keep the area dry or to leave a warning sign in the area so customers know to be extra careful.
If the business does not take these steps, it is setting itself up for a personal injury lawsuit if someone slips and falls.
In addition to preventing obstacles that can cause injury, a business is also responsible for proper lighting so people can see. A business also needs to be careful to mark any areas undergoing construction or that have damage to prevent people from getting injured in those areas.
If you suffer an injury and intend to file a lawsuit, you need to have strong evidence. You need to prove the business or those who work in the business did not take adequate care to ensure you and others wouldn’t receive injuries on their property. Proof can consist of photos, your medical reports, and witness accounts.
You also need to show proof the employees knew about the issue, had plenty of time to make improvements, and did not take the necessary steps to mitigate the problem.
Product Liability Injuries
Some people also suffer injuries due to the use of a product. This is product liability. Under the law, product liability will compensate individuals that defective products hurt.
You have many examples of product liability. One example that exists is a product that has a design defect that can cause injury, such as a curling iron that gets hotter than it should or an improperly wired electric kitchen appliance that can cause electrical sparks to hit your skin.
Another way product liability comes into play is when necessary warning information is not on the product, which could cause the improper use of the product, resulting in potential injuries.
To sue a business for injuries due to product liability, you need to provide proof the product is defective before you purchased and used it. A business could argue you did something to the product or used it incorrectly.
In addition, you will need to prove your injuries relate only to the issues with the product. Photographic evidence, medical reports, and the actual product itself are all ideal pieces of evidence you can use in a personal injury case against a business.
When you sue a business for injuries, you need a strong attorney on your side to help you fight this uphill battle. If you need assistance filing a personal injury lawsuit against a business, please contact The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South.