California Premises Liability Lawyers Serving Clients Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents at Los Angeles-Area Home Depot Stores
When a person enters into a retail establishment like a Home Depot, that customer should be able to expect that she or he will not be exposed to any unreasonable hazards in the store. However, customers get hurt in slip and fall accidents at Home Depot stores and other retail establishments more often than you might think. Home improvement stores have many areas and objects that could pose risks to customers. For example, customers could be injured while standing near a sawing station, or a customer could get hurt if a heavy object falls from a high shelf. Most frequently, however, customers suffer injuries as a result of slip and fall accidents in Home Depot stores.
At Home Depot, it is important to remember that slips and falls can happen almost as easily as trips and falls. Were you recently injured in a Home Depot slip and fall? You should not hesitate to get in touch with the Los Angeles Home Depot slip and fall lawyers at Fisher & Talwar. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident at a Los Angeles Home Depot?
A lawsuit for a slip and fall accident in Los Angeles at a Home Depot or elsewhere is one type of premises liability claim. Premises liability law is an area of personal injury law that allows an injured person to file a claim against a property owner, lessee, or another person in control of property when a dangerous condition on that property caused the injury.
Under California law, the following are the essential factual elements that a plaintiff must prove in order to be compensated for a slip and fall injury at a Home Depot in Los Angeles:
- Home Depot owned/leased/occupied/controlled the property;
- Home Depot was negligent in the use or maintenance of the property;
- Plaintiff was harmed; and
- Home Depot’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s harm.
Home Depot is required to have its employees use reasonable care to keep the store property in a reasonably safe condition. Home Depot is also required to have its employees use reasonable care to discover any unsafe conditions and to take steps to repair or replace hazardous areas, or to give customers adequate warning about potential risks.
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Most Common Reasons for a Los Angeles Home Depot Slip and Fall Accident
There are many ways that a slip, trip, and fall can happen at a Home Depot in Southern California. The following are just some examples of dangerous conditions that may result in a slip, trip, or fall and for which the business may be liable:
- Liquid spill from a fallen cleaning product in the home cleaning products aisle;
- Wet entryway after rain;
- Wet floor area adjacent to garden center;
- Boxes or products in aisles, posing a tripping hazard;
- Carpentry or construction materials left in the aisles posing a tripping hazard;
- Sawdust on the floor near the cutting station;
- Recently mopped floor without a warning sign;
- Uneven or damaged flooring;
- Roof leak;
- Oil spill;
- Paint spill;
- Inadequate or broken lighting in a specific area of the store;
- Inadequate or broken lighting in the parking lot; and/or
- Dangerous pothole in the parking lot.
Slips and falls at Home Depot can happen inside or outside the store. The business is responsible for ensuring that hazardous conditions are repaired or that customers receive adequate warning if a quick repair is not possible. In some cases, the manager of the store may be responsible if she or he fails to properly instruct employees about identifying and repairing slip and fall hazards. In other situations, the manager may know about a significant issue (such as uneven or damaged flooring inside the store) and may have reported it to his or her boss, but nothing has been done to remedy the situation. In such a scenario, someone higher up may be liable for a trip and fall accident.
Common Injuries in a Los Angeles Home Depot Slip and Fall
Slips, trips, and falls in Home Depot stores can result in many different types of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Broken bones or fractures;
- Internal bleeding;
- Back injuries;
- Neck injuries;
- Shoulder injuries; and
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs).
You should always seek medical attention after getting hurt in a slip and fall accident. While it may be apparent immediately that you have suffered a serious injury, some types of injuries will not have symptoms for quite some time after the initial accident. By getting checked out by a doctor as soon as possible, you can be treated sooner to avoid your injuries getting worse. In addition, you can avoid having the defendants argue that you are partially to blame for the severity of your injuries because you failed to obtain help from a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
How Much Time Does a Person Have to File a Slip and Fall Accident Claim After Getting Hurt in a Home Depot?
If you get hurt in a slip and fall accident at Home Depot, the California personal injury statute of limitations is most likely two years from the date of the injury. If you need to file a lawsuit, you must do so within two years from the date of the initial slip and fall accident in order to remain eligible for compensation.
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Contact a Home Depot Slip and Fall Attorney in LA
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident at a Home Depot or another retail establishment in the Los Angeles area, you should know that you may be eligible to receive financial compensation and to hold the retail establishment accountable. You should not have to pay the costs of a business’s negligence.