What if you slip and fall at a retail store?

You fall at a Home Depot  in the other day, and you wonder if the store is responsible for your injuries. Most slip and fall claims in retail stores usually deal with a foreign transitory substance like water, oil, food or some other type of substance that is on the floor. Tennessee law has changed over the recent years, which make these claims much more difficult to win. These cases turn on the fact of whether the store had notice of the problem. Put another way, did the store have enough time to clean up the problem before you were injured? According to Forbes, there are actions that will help preserve the evidence that you need to make a valid claim. 

First, you must report the incident. When people fall, they are startled and embarrassed. The last thing they want to do is go ahead and report the claim. They jump up like nothing happened and try to go about their business. Report the claim and make sure the store manager documents the problem and why you fell. Second, make sure you document why you fall yourself. For example, if there was a puddle of water on the floor, take out your phone and take a picture of the water. Also, get the names of any employees that you may have interacted with. Odds are that there is video surveillance of your fall. Ask the store manager to capture the video for half an hour before the fall until the time that you leave the store.