Walmart Slip and Fall Accidents
Walmart is one of the largest retailers in the United States, with over 4,700 stores in the United States. Tens of millions of people walk through Walmart on any given week, so it is unsurprising that many people might fall and get hurt. Unfortunately, trying to get compensation out of Walmart can be difficult even if you have suffered horrifying or permanent injuries. This company did not come to dominate the market by making generous settlements with those injured inside the store.
Below, we highlight what you need to know about getting compensation for a Walmart slip and fall. If you have a question, contact Fisher & Talwar today to discuss your case with an experienced Walmart slip and fall accident lawyer.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents in Walmart?
Customers can slip and fall for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Liquid on the floor, which might have been spilled. With many Walmarts now selling groceries, the risk of spilled liquids has increased.
- Trash or other debris which could fall off shelves or spill out of overflowing trash cans.
- Freshly mopped or waxed floors.
- Loose tiles or worn carpeting.
- Ice or other condensation in the parking lot, which Walmart is usually also responsible for.
Regardless of how you fell, you might have a claim for compensation if Walmart did not use sufficient care to keep their property safe. When they invite customers into the store, Walmart must ensure that the property is safe for them to enter. Any failure to exercise reasonable care could put the company on the hook for compensation.
What Should You Do after a Fall in Walmart?
A key consideration is documenting whatever it is that made you slip. Was there a pool of water on the floor? Try to get at least one picture of it. Use your smartphone or someone else’s smartphone, but definitely try to get a picture. The last thing you want is for Walmart to try and claim that you tripped over your own feet.
You should also identify any witnesses who saw you fall. Get their names and contact information. Their witness statements could prove critical in a claim. They can identify the hazard that caused you to slip and fall, even where you don’t have a picture.
Also receive medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. If you delay, then Walmart might claim you are partially to blame for the pain and inconvenience you feel. Instead, get to a doctor or the hospital to be checked out, and always follow your doctor’s proposed course of treatment.
How Do You Make a Claim with Walmart?
This is difficult. Walmart works with a company, Claims Management Inc. (CMI), whose job it is to handle claims involving those injured at the store. CMI will aggressively fight any claim, regardless of the severity of your injuries or how obvious you think it is that Walmart is to blame. CMI has proven its worth to Walmart by getting many victims to settle claims for a fraction of what the victim could legitimately receive.
CMI representatives use many aggressive insurance tactics to fight claims. For example, a CMI representative might contact you and ask to take a recorded statement about what happened. This is the last thing you should do! As an injured victim, you are not required to give a recorded statement to anyone, least of all to someone working for Walmart. In the future, Walmart might depose you and ask you questions under oath, but that is with an attorney present who can clarify any confusion and make sure that CMI does not misrepresent what you are saying.
A CMI representative also might pressure you to settle your claim quickly, often by making an offer to cover your medical bills. However, you are entitled to much more than medical bills in a slip and fall settlement, and you should not sign any settlement agreement until you meet with a lawyer.
How Can a Lawyer Help My Slip and Fall Case?
Injured victims who try to go toe-to-toe with Walmart are often swamped and end up with very little money. There are several reasons for this, but most have to do with the victim not fully understanding her rights or even how much compensation she is entitled to.
Our job at Fisher & Talwar is to advocate for our clients. No one else will do that for you. Not even an insurance claims adjuster who says they have your best interest at heart. The only person who has an ethical obligation to you is the attorney you hire.
We can look at your injuries and add up the amount the slip and fall has cost you. Things like medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages should not be your responsibility. If Walmart is to blame for the accident, then they should pay compensation. They are a company worth hundreds of billions of dollars, and they can afford to shoulder the financial fallout from the accident.
You also deserve compensation for physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, embarrassment, and other intangible losses. California law allows you to receive money for them as well, and you should not agree to an amount that is too small. Many clients have no idea how much they are entitled to for these intangible harms, but we do.
Our lawyers will also negotiate a settlement aggressively and, if necessary, head into court to file a lawsuit. It is too easy for someone without a lawyer to settle a claim for very little money.
Reach Out to Us Today
Were you injured in a slip and fall inside a Walmart store or parking lot? If so, you need to call one of our slip and fall lawyers to schedule a free consultation. Fisher & Talwar has decades of combined experience helping people just like you who have been injured only to face the challenge of trying to get a giant company to make you whole.
It might feel like climbing a mountain. Let us help. You can schedule your meeting by calling or sending us an online message.