How to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit Against Home Depot

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, at your local shopping mall, in a grocery store, and for the sake of this article, your local Home Depot. Slip and fall accidents can inflict victims with a wide variety of injuries from minor bumps and bruises to truly severe spinal cord injuries. In most cases, treatment for these injuries can be incredibly expensive and added with the financial burden of a potential loss of wages, the resulting physical therapy, and a possible loss f employment, victims are sometimes left struggling to pick up the pieces. Fortunately, if you or a loved has experienced injury as a result of a slip and fall accident at a Home Depot, you may be eligible to file a claim for significant monetary compensation. At Normandie Law Firm our Los Angeles attorneys can help you sue Home Depot for the damages that you have had to endure. If you have any questions after reading this article, please feel free to reach out to our law offices in Los Angeles, California for a free consultation from one of our top-rated legal advisors.

Home Depot: The Company
Home Depot is a company known for supplying customers with tools and equipment used for construction projects. Whether working on a personal project or working on a construction site, many people use Home Depot as their construction equipment supplier. The company is based in Cobb County Georgia and has locations scattered across the entire United States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. There are also locations in Canada and Mexico. The company’s stores are known for being particularly large and have a ‘big box’ format. For this reason, slip and fall accidents occur quite commonly at Home Depots as the staff is required to monitor a large space, with so many potential slip and fall and trip and fall hazards. Those who slip and fall at Home Depot, are intimidated by the size and scope of the Home Depot company and will often decide not to file a Home Depot slip and fall claim. Those who do end up filing a Home Depot accident claim, are sometimes pressured to settle their case early resulting in a compensation payout that doesn’t completely satisfy the damages that they have endured. For this reason, it is in your best interest that you seek legal representation from a Home Depot attorney to help guide you through the process.

Home Depot Slip and Fall Accidents
When filing a Home Depot slip and fall injury claim, it is important that you understand the kind of injuries these accidents can cause. Identifying the damages in your case can play a vital role in the outcome of your case, and can make the difference between receiving adequate compensation for your damages and receiving a settlement that only partially covers the damages suffered. Listed below are some of the common injuries that occur after slipping and falling on the ground:

  • Head Injuries: Head injuries can range from minor contusions (or brain bruising) to more severe traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. Some TBIs can cause ongoing seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment and other debilitating symptoms. In most cases, head injuries require emergency room treatment, or hospitalization and in more severe cases can result in death.
  • Hip Fractures: Hip fractures often require surgery and extended hospitalization. In some more serious cases, surgery may be necessary to implant an artificial hip. Out of every five hip fracture patients, one of them dies due to their injuries
  • Back and Spinal Cord Injuries: Injury to the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis, temporary paralysis and other severe neurological and sensory impairments
  • Shoulder Injuries: slip (trip) and fall accidents can result in shoulder dislocations or more severe forms of shoulder injuries called brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that connect the shoulder, arm, and hand to the spinal cord. These injuries are often treated with surgery followed by extensive physical therapy
  • Sprains and Fractures: The force of slipping and falling can cause minor to severe bone injuries. In some cases, the impact of the ground could cause minor sprains, in others; it could cause debilitating bone breakage that may result in temporary disability. Some of the common fractures that victims suffer include hip, spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.

While identifying the damages you experienced is important, the cause of the accident also plays a vital role in the outcome of a slip and fall lawsuit. For instance, if a customer or shopper is injured after a slip and fall accident, however, disregarded a slippery floor hazard sign, more than likely that customer will not be able to file a successful Home Depot personal injury claim. However, if it can be found that the slip and fall accident occurred as a result of the Home Depot staff poorly notifying customers of a potential slip and fall hazard, the injured customer can sue for the damages. Listed below are some of the common causes of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents at a Home Depot:

  • Home Depot parking lots and sidewalks: slip and falls in Home Depot parking lots and sidewalks can occur as a result of uneven pavement, or some other potential floor hazard that results in the customer slipping or tripping and falling. Home Depot parking lots are still considered a part of Home Depot property, and as such an accident on a Home Depot, the parking lot can result in Home Depot being found liable.
  • Home Depot entrances and exits: another area where a customer can slip and fall are at a Home Depot entrance or exit. These accidents can be caused by wet floors or even items left on the floor. It is up to the staff to be able to monitor and maintain their premises efficiently.
  • Slips and Falls near food vendors in Home Depot: food and drink vendors inside Home Depot also pose a significant risk as spilled beverages, and food can result in slip and fall hazards. These areas are expected to be efficiently monitored by staff and owners
  • Slips and falls near Home Depot bathrooms: Home Depot Bathrooms and washrooms also should be regularly checked and monitored for slip and fall hazards. One major way to prevent hazards of this kind is to place adequate wet-floor hazard signs.
  • Slip, and fall accidents in Home Depot’s housewares, and electronics department: While less common than the other causes, this section of the store should also be monitored for potential slip and fall hazards. Even if another customer causes the hazard if the staff does not respond in time to either notify or remedy the hazard Home Depot could be found liable.
  • Slip and falls in Home Depot grocery department: Slip and fall hazards can commonly arise here as a result of dropped items, or even malfunctioning leaking refrigerator systems. If a refrigerator is broken and causing a slip hazard, customers should be notified to keep away from the refrigerator until the hazard is remedied.

As mentioned before, when filing a Home Depot personal injury claim it is in your best interest that you seek legal representation from a lawyer with experience in handling Home Depot slip and fall injury lawsuits. A skilled lawyer to help you sue Home Depot can guide you through the often arduous process of building a case, filing a claim, and collecting compensation for the damages that you or your loved ones have suffered.

How To Sue Home Depot For Slip and Fall Accident
When victims of slip and fall accidents at Home Depots come into our law firm, they often ask our legal advisors a wide variety of questions regarding their rights as an injured customer. Many are unsure if they can even seek help from an Attorney who can help sue Home Depot. Fortunately, our attorneys experienced in trip and fall and slip and fall injuries can help guide them in the right direction. Some of the questions we are asked include:

  • How does one sue Home Depot for a slip and fall accident?
  • What is the best way to file a trip and fall claim against Home Depot?
  • How can I sue Home Depot for a slip and fall injury?
  • How do I file a trip and fall lawsuit against Home Depot?

Whether or not you can sue a Home Depot for a slip and fall or trip and fall injury depends on some factors. For one, you must be able to show that the injury occurred as a result of the negligent actions of the Home Depot staff or management. When doing this, it is vital that you collect substantial evidence to support your claims. This evidence can take the form of Home Depot security footage showing how the accident took place, photographs of the slip and fall hazard, eyewitness accounts, and even medical records detailing the injuries that you suffered. It is also important to note that if you or a loved one suffer from a Home Depot slip and fall accident, you should report the accident to Home Depot staff or management immediately. The sooner you make a report to the Home Depot employees the less likely a Home Depot injury defense attorney is going to be able to dispute your claims. The evidence you collected can then be used to support a claim of negligence. A claim of negligence is required to show that the defendant acted negligently and that those negligent actions directly led to the plaintiff’s injuries. The components that make up a claim of negligence are bulleted below for your reference:

  • Duty: The plaintiff (injured or damaged party) must be able to show that the defendant (Home Depot staff or retail owner) owed a legal duty to the plaintiff under the particular circumstances of the case.
  • Breach: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant breached said legal duty through specific actions or failure to act appropriately
  • Causation: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant’s actions or lack thereof caused the plaintiff’s injuries
  • Damages: The plaintiff must be able to show that they endured some specific damages. This can usually be shown through the presentation of medical records, a loss of wages, or a loss of potential income.

When filing your Home Depot personal injury claim or your Home Depot slip and fall lawsuit, it is critical that you understand and follow the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the period in which an injured party has to bring their case to court. If the injured party fails to follow the statute of limitations, there is a high chance that the case will be dismissed from court. The statute of limitations tends to vary from state to state and can change depending on the various aspects of your case. For example, in the state of California, the statute of limitations dictate that a slip and fall injury lawsuit must be filed in the court two years from the date of when the incident occurred. This is yet another reason, why having a Home Depot injury attorney on your side is crucial to the positive outcome of your case.

To give you an idea of what kind of settlement you might reach as a result of your lawsuit we’ve included some common sample verdicts and settlements of other Home Depot personal injury claims and suits:

  • A 27-year old plaintiff was awarded $624,472 after she fell and struck her left shoulder and upper back area. The plaintiff required extensive treatment and was no longer able to work as a correctional officer.
  • A welder in Boston, Massachusetts, was awarded $425,000 after they slipped and fell while going down a ladder. The plaintiff suffered head, back, and a rotator cuff shoulder injury that required two surgeries.
  • A 44-year-old man was awarded $975,000 when the individual tripped and fell in a Home Depot Parking lot, resulting in a severe back injury that required spinal fusion.

How Normandie Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered injury after a slip and fall accident at a Home Depot as a result of a failure in Home Depot policy, or the negligent actions of staff or owners, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your damages. However, when filing this kind of lawsuits it, is in your best interest to seek assistance from a lawyer who can sue Home Depot. At Normandie Law Firm our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can guide you through the often complicated process of building a case, filing a claim, and collecting compensation for the damages. If you file a claim with our law firm, you could find some if not all of the following damages compensable to you:

  • All of you medical and hospitalization costs
  • All of your future medical care and treatment
  • A loss of income and loss of future earnings due to long-term recovery or permanent disability due to the accident
  • Compensable economic damages include loss of property or damaged property.
  • Compensable non-economic damages include emotional distress, trauma, PTSD resulting from the accident, pain and suffering and anxiety.

Victims of Home Depot slip and fall accidents can contact our law offices to learn more about how to receive compensation for their injuries. While our law firm is based in Los Angeles, our attorneys also practice in Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Orange County, Riverside, Fresno, and throughout the state of California.

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