When you’ve suffered a slip and fall at Walmart, it’s important to talk with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and how you’d go about bringing a claim against Walmart.
A skilled attorney who specializes in these types of cases will be able to explain to you the compensation and damages that may be available to you in a lawsuit against Walmart or other retailers, how you file a claim, and what evidence you will need to prove your slip and fall injury claim.
What Damages Can I Get from My Case Against Walmart?
Slip and fall cases can result in a variety of damages and compensation. These include:
- Medical bills. If you were injured in your fall at Walmart, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical treatment.
- Lost wages. If you missed work because of your injuries, the store may be responsible for paying back all or part of those lost wages. This includes both time off work and any overtime compensation that would have been earned during that period if it weren’t for the injury (if applicable).
- Pain and suffering compensation is another common type of recovery available under many slip and fall claims, which compensate victims for their physical pain as well as emotional distress caused by their injuries. Pain and suffering compensation can cover many things including physical discomfort and mental anguish.
Injured? Here’s What You Need to Know.
You may be able to sue Walmart if you slipped and fell in their store and were injured. The amount of money you may be able to recover in a settlement is determined largely by how much evidence you can provide about your injuries and that the company’s negligence resulted in your slip and fall.
How Do You Prove that Walmart is at Fault for My Claim?
You can use security camera footage to show the store’s hazard and/or dangerous condition caused you to slip and fall. Ideally, the video will show how the entire incident occurred. You can also use witness statements from employees or shoppers who saw what happened and pictures of the damage to the floor as proof that Walmart was negligent in keeping its store clean and safe for shoppers like yourself.
When Can a Retail Store be Held Liable for Customer Injuries?
To hold a retail store liable for a customer’s injuries, you must prove that the owner was negligent. The most common ways in which this can occur include:
- The store owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition and failed to correct it.
- The store owner failed to warn customers of any dangerous conditions on their premises.
- The store owner maintained its premises carelessly.
What are Some Defenses for Retailers in Slip-and-Fall Litigation?
One of the defenses most used by Walmart and other retailers is to blame slip-and-fall victims for being at fault and causing their own injuries. Rather than take responsibility for keeping their store safe for their customers, companies will try to avoid being held accountable by accusing slip-and-fall victims of faking their injuries or being distracted or careless at the time of the accident. It’s not uncommon for a store to insist that the customer should have been able to appreciate the dangerous condition in the store and, thus, protect him- or herself.
If you slipped and fell at Walmart or another retail store and were injured, it’s important to know your rights and how much compensation you may be entitled to receive. Talk with an experienced attorney who specializes in these types of slip-and-fall cases.