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Attorney to File a Slip and Fall Claim Against Walmart

When people enter their local Wal-Mart, hardly ever do they expect that they’ll become an injured shopper, let alone one injured by a Wal-Mart slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, these slip and fall accidents can occur quite frequently at a Wal-Mart. Due to the large space, Wal-Mart staff are expected to cover and monitor, and the fact that these stores are often open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the chances of slipping and falling on the floor of a Wal-Mart, are stacked against the everyday shopper. These Wal-Mart slip and fall accidents can be incredibly damaging, and they can leave a victim to suffer through injuries that in some cases can take extensive medical treatment to reach a full recovery. Fortunately, if you or a loved one were injured at a Wal-Mart as a result of slipping and falling on the ground, you may be eligible to sue Wal-Mart for the damages that you have had to endure. However, filing these suits can be incredibly challenging, and it is in your best interest to seek assistance from an Attorney experienced in Wal-Mart slip and fall accidents. At Normandie Law Firm our well-versed Los Angeles lawyers can guide you through the process of how to sue Wal-Mart for personal injury and are committed to offering all of our clients the resources they need to reach a successful outcome for their Wal-Mart accident claim. If you have any questions after reading this article, please feel free to reach out to our law offices for a free consultation from one of our experienced legal advisors.

Wal-Mart: The Company
Wal-Mart is a multinational company, based in the United States, that earned explosive popularity for their low prices, accessibility, and 24-hour schedule. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the company was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton and has grown on to build over 11,000 stores and clubs in 28 different countries. According to some sources, Wal-Mart is considered the world’s largest company based on revenue and is the largest private employer in the world with over 2.3 million employees. Due to Wal-Mart’s massive size, many who are injured by Wal-Mart slip and falls are often too intimidated to file a slip and fall lawsuit in the first place. Those that do are sometimes pressured to settle their Wal-Mart slip and fall claim early, resulting in a compensation amount that is often far from adequate to satisfy all the damages that they may have experienced. Large companies like Wal-Mart have the resources to employ a whole team of legal experts to dispute any claim you may have. For this reason, victims of Wal-Mart slip and falls should seek assistance from an Attorney that can help sue Wal-Mart and is familiar with Wal-Mart personal injury claims. With the right Wal-Mart injury attorney on your side, you can better guarantee that you will receive a positive outcome for your case.

Wal-Mart Slip and Fall Accidents
As mentioned prior, slip and fall accidents at Wal-Mart locations are far more common than many may believe. Wal-Mart stores are often quite large, and even if the staff is well trained, there are situations wherein the Wal-Mart isn’t staffed enough to respond quickly to slip and fall hazards like wet floors, uneven flooring, or poor lighting conditions. Listed below are some of the common areas where slip and fall accidents can occur at a Wal-Mart:

  • Wal-Mart parking lots and sidewalks: slip and falls in Wal-Mart 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. Wal-Mart parking lots are still considered a part of Wal-Mart property, and as such an accident on a Wal-Mart parking lot can result in Wal-Mart being found liable.
  • Wal-Mart entrances and exits: another area where a customer can slip and fall are at a Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart: food and drink vendors inside Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart bathrooms: Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart’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 Wal-Mart could be found liable.
  • Slip and falls in Wal-Mart 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.

Slip and fall accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, from minor bumps and bruises to truly severe damages that can affect a victim for a lifetime. When filing a lawsuit against Wal-Mart for slipping and falling on the ground, it is crucial that you can identify the damages that you have endured accurately. Listed below are some of the common injuries slip and fall victims can endure:

  • 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 being able to identify your damages, is a critical part of filing a Wal-Mart personal injury claim, or Wal-Mart slip and fall lawsuit, it is still a small part of a larger legal process. Many who experience these accidents are left in the dark as to whether or not a customer can sue for their damages. Fortunately, our legal team at Normandie Law Firm are here to help.

How to file a trip and fall lawsuit against Wal-Mart
Victims of Wal-Mart slip and fall accidents that come into our law firm tend to ask our attorneys a wide variety of questions regarding their legal rights as injured customers. Some of these commonly asked questions are included below, to give you a good idea of what kind of questions we are already prepared to answer:

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

One of the first steps you should take in attempting to sue a Wal-Mart is to seek assistance from a lawyer with experience in handling Wal-Mart slip and fall and trip and fall lawsuits. As mentioned prior, there is a good chance that Wal-Mart will employ a whole team of skilled lawyers to help dispute your claims. With a skilled attorney who can sue Wal-Mart by your side, you can increase your chances of receiving a satisfactory outcome for your case.

Immediately after your accident, it is vital that you report your accident to staff or management. The sooner you report your slip and fall accident the less likely Wal-Mart will be able to dispute the accident occurred at all. After this, it is recommended that you gather all the evidence you can. This evidence can include Wal-Mart security footage of the incident, photographs of the hazard that caused your injuries, and eyewitness accounts of other shoppers or staff. This evidence can then be used to place liability and prove the negligence of the Wal-Mart staff or management.

However, when first filing your case it is important that you adhere to the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the period in which an injured party has to bring their case to court. If this time limit is disregarded, the injured party could find their case dismissed from court entirely. The statute of limitations can vary from state to state and has some exceptions that may or may not apply to your specific case. For this reason, it is highly recommended that your legal representative is well-versed on the statute of limitation laws that influence cases of this nature in the state where the accident occurred. For your reference, California statute of limitation laws dictates that those injured by a Wal-Mart slip and fall accident have two years from the date of the accident to bring their case to court.

While taking note of the statute of limitations, it is crucial that you can both place liability and prove the negligence of the Wal-Mart or Wal-Mart safety policies. Say, for instance, your slip and fall accident occurred in a Wal-Mart bathroom; you must be able to prove that the Wal-Mart staff did not either notify customers of the hazards or respond to the hazard promptly. This plays an essential role in placing liability. Under premises liability law, property owners are expected to prove a reasonably safe environment for their patrons and customers. When the property owner fails to live up to this expectation, they can be found liable for the damages.

Once you have effectively placed liability on the Wal-Mart management, or staff, you must then prove that their negligent actions directly led to the damages that you suffered. Using the prior mentioned evidence, you must be able to prove the following components of every claim of negligence:

  • Duty: The plaintiff (injured or damaged party) must be able to show that the defendant (Wal-Mart 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.

To give you a good idea of the kind of outcomes cases of this nature can reach we’ve included some common Wal-Mart settlements and verdicts from other cases:

  • A 54-year-old heart surgeon was awarded $3.96 million after he tripped over a trailer hitch at a Sam’s Club (affiliate of Wal-Mart). This accident led to a spinal injury which caused his hands to shake uncontrollably and led to the end of his career. The plaintiff argued that Sam’s Club staff should have marked the trailer hitch with a hazard cone.
  • A woman from Illinois was awarded $117,000 after she slipped and fell on ice on a Wal-Mart sidewalk. The plaintiff suffered from a herniated disc and a pain in her hand.
  • A Seventy-seven-year-old woman was awarded $180,000 after she tripped and fell on a ride on the entry ramp at a Sam’s Club. This accident caused the woman to break her hip. There was evidence that Sam’s Club staff were aware of the hazard, yet did not remedy the issue.

How Normandie Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered injury after a slip and fall accident at a Wal-Mart as a result of a failure in Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart. 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 Wal-Mart 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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