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Now that malls are opening back up, you may be heading out to shop again. If you do, watch your step. Malls had to close their doors several months ago. That means management might not be prepared for customers. If that's the case, you'll be at risk for accidents and injuries. If you're injured while shopping at the mall, don't take chances. Making mistakes may cost you your right to compensation. Here are four steps you need to take if you're injured while shopping at the mall.
1. Notify Mall Security
If you're injured while walking in the common area of the mall, the first thing you need to do is contact security. Malls have separate security divisions that provide security for public areas. You'll need to file an accident report through the mall security desk. If there isn't mall security available, contact mall management. They'll take an accident report for you. Provide as many details as you can in your report. Get a copy of the report.
2. Request First Aid
If you suffer injuries while in the common area of the mall, ask for first aid as soon as possible. Try not to leave the scene of the accident. That way, those attending you can document the area. If there are obvious injuries, such as cuts, take pictures. The pictures provide documentation of your injuries. You should also take pictures of the area where the accident happened. Document any first aid that you receive.
3. Get Witness Information
If you're injured while shopping in a mall, get witness information before you leave. Witness statements are beneficial for any legal action you need to take against the mall. Try to get written statements from witnesses before you leave the mall. If you can't get full statements, get contact information for each witness. Be sure to give them your contact information, as well. That way, they can contact you if they remember anything new after the accident.
4. Seek Legal Representation
If you're involved in an accident at a shopping mall, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Mall management may try to fight your injury claim. That means you'll need to fight for your right to compensation. Not only that, but your attorney can also get copies of mall security footage. The security footage provides documentation of the accident.
If your trip to the mall resulted in injuries, get help. Contact attorneys like Leisawitz Heller to learn more.