Hobby Lobby is an arts and crafts store with dozens of outlets throughout Georgia and hundreds of stores across the United States. They carry unique home décor and craft supplies and are especially busy around the holidays. While the bustling atmosphere of a crowded store can be exciting for a shopper, it can also set the scene for negligence and dangerous hazards.
When a Hobby Lobby store is full of customers, their employees may be too busy to keep up with routine maintenance and safety checks. In other words, they may not have time to follow through with their “duty of care” to make sure the store is safe for customers. Potential hazards may be overlooked or ignored.
If you are injured in a fall caused by Hobby Lobby’s negligence, contact the slip and fall attorneys at John Foy & Associates today at (404) 400-4000 to schedule a free no-obligation consultation. We will review your case and recommend whether you should seek compensation for your injuries. We charge no fees upfront and we only get paid when you win your case.
Potential Hazards at Hobby Lobby
As with any retail store, dangerous conditions could arise if Hobby Lobby employees are not vigilant about store safety. Some potential hazards include:
- Tripping over merchandise that has fallen off the shelf
- Wet floors due to a spill
- Slippery floors at the entrance from customers tracking in rain or snow
- Shelving collapse or malfunction
- Dim lighting due to faulty, inadequate, or burned out light bulbs
- Merchandise boxes in aisleways waiting to be shelved
- Damaged or misused rugs that do not lie flat
- Damaged flooring
- An overuse of polish causing slick floors
- Floors still wet after being mopped
If any of these conditions occur, Hobby Lobby employees should promptly rectify the situation. If they cannot be taken care of immediately, safety signs should be displayed to warn you about the hazardous conditions. Failure to do so is negligence, and Hobby Lobby could be liable for your injuries.
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More About Hobby Lobby
Hobby Lobby opened its first store in 1972 in Oklahoma City. They have grown since then and now employ more than 37,500 people in 850 retail stores across the country.
If you choose to negotiate directly with Hobby Lobby after your slip and fall accident, you may unintentionally damage your case. Large corporations like Hobby Lobby employ attorneys that will do anything to avoid paying damages for your injuries. They may even try to trick you into saying the accident was your fault.
Instead of taking your chances by dealing with Hobby Lobby yourself, contact the Georgia slip and fall lawyers at John Foy & Associates and we will negotiate on your behalf.
What John Foy & Associates Can Do for You
When you hire a John Foy & Associates slip and fall attorney, he or she will go right to work on your case by:
- Gathering video footage of the accident
- Talking to a potential witness
- Investigating the specifics of your slip and fall accident
- Talking to your employer to document your time off work
- Gathering and reviewing your medical records
- Negotiating with Hobby Lobby and their insurance company on your behalf
Your main job once we take over is to heal from your injuries, but there are some actions you can take immediately after your accident that will make your case stronger.
What You Should Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
After sustaining injuries in a slip and fall accident at a Georgia Hobby Lobby, take action to document the incident and prepare for your lawsuit:
- Take pictures of the aisle where you fell
- Report your accident to the Hobby Lobby manager on duty
- Locate other individuals who may have witnessed your fall and take down their contact information
- Make an appointment to see your doctor to address your injuries
- Save your medical bills and reports
- Hire a slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible, since you only have a two-year window of time to file your lawsuit.
Hobby Lobby Premises Liability
The property owner or lessee of any business has a duty of care to provide safe conditions for his or her customers. To have a valid premises liability claim against Hobby Lobby in Georgia, you and your slip and fall attorneys will attempt to prove that:
- A hazard was present in the Hobby Lobby store
- The employees knew there was a hazard
- The hazard was not removed
- You were not aware of the hazard
- The hazard caused you to slip and fall
- The fall caused your injury
Call John Foy & Associates Today
Proving premises liability can be difficult but having the right slip and fall attorney can help. Reach out to John Foy & Associates today if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a Georgia Hobby Lobby. Call us now at (404) 400-4000 so we can put our experience and our Strong Arm approach to work for you.