Slip and Fall Evidence Destruction Covered at Justice Convention
- February 13th, 2013
- Doug Landau
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Helping those injured in slip and falls at grocery store, “big box” and canadian united pharmacy other large retail chain premises is very difficult in Virginia. Often there are no eyewitnesses known to the injured customer or deliveryman. Practitioners who regularly handle slip-and-fall cases (and there are very few who actually try these cases in Virginia) know the challenges of helping the innocent victims of a retail store manager’s or corporate home office’s unsafe decisions. Despite the debilitating injuries that can result when a customer slips or trips in a store, it can be difficult to secure a fair settlement or verdict. Further complicating these cases, corporate defendants may hide or destroy surveillance video that they regularly use to prosecute shoplifters and loiterers. Grocery stores have not produced photographs and other evidence that supported the injured customer or deliveryman’s cases. There have also been instances of the grocery and “big box” stores using abusive discovery tactics to delay or hinder proper discovery.
Members of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) benefit from the knowledge of fellow members at Conventions such as this week’s meeting in Miami, Florida. Herndon slip and fall injury lawyer Doug Landau was the moderator of Tuesday’s program where premises liability strategy was discussed. AAJ members who attended the program are better prepared for all stages of litigation, from case intake and discovery to trial. The Slip and Fall and Discovery Abuse presentation also provided written materials, samples and case outcomes. Qualifying AAJ members can access the comprehensive resources necessary for competently investigating or pursing a case where a customer was injured while shopping. AAJ members also have access to documents outlining the store policies for national grocery chains, premises liability codes and standards, and AAJ Education speaker papers on handling slip and fall cases. Lawyers with access to these materials should not only be active and contributing members of their state Trial Lawyers Associations, but also the American Association for Justice. The materials and networking opportunities provided by the state and national trial lawyer associations give smart lawyers a huge advantage in helping them level the playing field and helping their clients disabled by retail store and grocery slip and fall injuries.