If a cashier was negligent and caused me an injury, can I sue the store?

I went to a home improvement store and brought a gallon of paint. I had my hand on the side of my cart. ,When the cashier tried to put the paint in the cart she hit my hand hard and split my finger. I needed stitches but didn’t have any insurance. As of today the finger is still bothering me. Can I file a claim?

Asked on August 26, 2014 under Personal Injury, Illinois


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You can sue for negligence and have the store cover your medical costs and perhaps some pain and suffering but you only have a short amount of time.  Your lawyer may wish to subpoena for any video that may have captured the matter and of course, interview the witness.  Please keep in mind, however, if this was an accident and it may have just been something that happened, the court may not be hip to indicate it was negligence. 

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