You don’t normally think of books as physically harmful, but a visit to Barnes and Noble can become dangerous if someone slips and falls. There are various potential hazards in these stores that can lead to injuries. If you were injured in Georgia, you should not have to pay for the costs of the store’s negligence. You’ll want to contact a Barnes and Noble slip and fall accident and injury lawyer right away who can help.
At John Foy & Associates, we can match you up with the best slip and fall lawyer for your case. We have more than 20 years of experience, and we know what it means to build a successful insurance claim to seek compensation for your damages. Don’t wait—contact us today for a FREE consultation and case evaluation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started for FREE now.
What to Know About Barnes and Noble Slip and Fall Accidents in Georgia
Barnes and Noble is a bookseller, Fortune 1000 company, and one of the biggest retailers—and the largest bookstore chain—in the United States. They have over 600 locations throughout all 50 states, including Georgia, with their headquarters in New York City.
People shop at Barnes and Noble stores for books, magazines, newspapers, random gifts, video games, DVDs, CDs, Nook e-readers, and more. Many Barnes and Noble stores also contain cafes where patrons can purchase Starbucks food and drink items to enjoy while they read, work, or visit with others.
The large amount of merchandise and the various food and drink items for sale at Barnes and Noble stores present a number of slip and fall accident hazards. Store employees and managers must be diligent to look for hazards and either fix them or warn customers about them. If store employees aren’t careful and someone gets injured, the store may be liable.
If you were injured during a slip and fall accident at a Barnes and Noble store in Georgia, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Don’t suffer through the pain and monetary costs of your accident without knowing the legal options available to you. An experienced slip and fall accident and injury lawyer can investigate the details and help you build a case.
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Types of Slip and Fall Accidents that Can Happen at Barnes and Noble in Georgia
There are many different ways slip and fall accident can occur in a Barnes and Noble. Someone might get injured after slipping and falling on:
- Wet or slippery floors that have not been marked
- Spilled food or coffee drink items
- Books, magazines, or other merchandise left in the aisles
- Rainy or icy sidewalks or parking lots
- Curled up rugs or carpeting
- Broken shelving
- Urine or water on bathroom floors
- Displays left in unsafe store locations
These are just some examples. No matter how or where your slip and fall accident happened, there’s a chance a store worker was negligent. Even if you feel that you were partially at fault for your accident, you may still be entitled to compensation for a portion of what occurred.
Contact John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000 today for a FREE consultation to discuss the details of your case and your options.
How You Can Build a Strong Slip and Fall Claim After an Injury at Barnes and Noble
In Georgia, all property owners and occupiers (including stores like Barnes and Noble) have a legal duty to “exercise ordinary care” in keeping the premises safe. This is outlined in Georgia Code section 51-3-1. If the store is not careful enough and an injury accident happens as a result, the store can be responsible for the damages.
Even when the store is legally liable, the burden is on you to build and file a personal injury claim. This claim will be filed with the store’s insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are rarely open to paying an injury victim what they deserve right away. They will likely look for ways to blame you, question your injuries, or otherwise reduce their liability for what happened.
To make sure your legal rights are protected, you’ll need to gather evidence and build a strong insurance claim. Here are some of the best ways you can do that.
Speaking with an Experienced Barnes and Noble Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Many lawyers will say they take on slip and fall accident cases in Georgia—but that doesn’t mean they have enough hands-on experience. It’s best to contact a lawyer who really understands these types of cases and how to handle the insurance company. Call a good slip and fall accident lawyer to discuss your options.
Your lawyer can help you compile the right information to show:
- When, where, and how the slip and fall accident happened
- How the Barnes and Noble store’s employees were negligent in your accident
- How the accident could not have been fully avoidable, even if you were careful
- The full extent of your damages and why you deserve compensation
You can also begin building your case in the moments after your accident happens, as you’ll see in the next points.
Take Pictures of the Scene
Almost everyone has a phone with a camera these days, even if they don’t own a smartphone. Since slip and fall accident scenes can be cleaned up quickly, taking pictures will ensure the scene is preserved no matter what.
Use your phone (or a regular camera) to take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall, your injuries, and the entire accident scene.
Talk to Witnesses
In popular stores like Barnes and Noble, chances are good that someone witnessed your fall—or at least the hazard that led to it. Talk to anyone who may have seen what happened, and get their full name(s) and contact information. Your lawyer will reach out to them later.
Report the Accident
Make sure the store’s manager knows that you fell and were injured. If they ask you to fill out an accident report, that is typically okay. Get the name and phone number for the manager, and avoid admitting any blame or fault for what occurred.
Talk to a Barnes and Noble Slip and Fall Accident and Injury Lawyer in Georgia for Free Today
A slip and fall accident can be extremely frustrating, especially when you were just trying to enjoy a visit to a bookstore like Barnes and Noble. At John Foy & Associates, we can handle the legal details for you—so you can focus on healing and getting better.
Let us give you a FREE consultation to go over the details and discuss how we can help. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with your FREE consultation today.