If you slip and fall in Walmart, you may be entitled to receive compensation for any medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages caused by the accident. A knowledgeable slip and fall lawyer can review your situation and determine if you have a viable liability claim and assess your damages. Here’s a quick guide.
Can I sue Walmart for slipping?
Yes, you can sue Walmart for slipping if you are injured and the store or an employee was responsible for your accident. To be eligible for compensation, you’ll have to prove that your injuries were caused by Walmart’s negligence. Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition, and if Walmart failed to maintain its premises safely they can be held liable. This is called “premises liability”
The theory of premises liability does not hold Walmart responsible for every injury that occurs in a store, just the accidents that are caused by their negligence. A property owner is considered negligent if they do not correct an unsafe condition they knew of or reasonably should have known about. You can argue that the owner should have recognized and repaired the dangerous condition, should have warned of the dangerous condition, or that the owner or an employee created the dangerous condition and failed to eliminate it.
For example, if there is a liquid on the floor and you slip and fall on it, you may be able to sue Walmart if the employees had sufficient opportunity to clean up the spill but did not do so. These are difficult cases to prove, but an experienced premises liability lawyer can assess the facts and damages and determine whether you have a good case or not.
How much should I settle for in a slip and fall case?
Since every slip and fall claim involves a unique set of circumstances that can affect the settlement value of your case, there is no specific amount that you should settle for. Your slip and fall attorney can help you decide if a settlement offer is a good one, but it should at least reimburse you for your medical expenses and other damages caused by the injury.
Some factors that can impact your case’s settlement value include:
- The facts about how the incident occured
- The severity and type of injuries you suffered
- The cost of your medical bills
- Any lost wages
- The pain your injuries caused
- Any permanent effects of your injuries
- The impact of your injuries on your everyday life
- The medical evidence supporting your injuries
- The intensity and duration of your medical treatment and recovery
- The skill and reputation of your lawyer
How much does Walmart settle for slip and fall accidents?
There is no specific amount that Walmart settles slip and fall accident cases for because the amount of compensation you could potentially recover will vary based on the factors listed above.
Because of the massive number of Walmart slip and fall claims they experience, Walmart devotes substantial resources to avoiding liability for slip and fall injuries. If you want to overcome Walmart’s strategy for fighting these cases, you’ll need the help of an experienced Walmart slip and fall lawyer.
When should I contact a slip and fall lawyer?
If you slip and fall in a Walmart, the first thing you should do after seeking medical treatment is to contact a slip and fall lawyer. Make sure that you thoroughly document the scene of your accident and the condition that caused you to slip with photographs and/or videos. If anyone witnessed your fall, get their name and number. Make a report of the incident to a Walmart employee about the accident. Get their name and number and make a note of anything they say.
It’s vital that you contact a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible so they can ensure Walmart does not erase video footage of the accident. Walmart is a retail giant, and you will need expert assistance if you want to take them on.
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