Slip and Fall At Walmart
There are more than 4,700 Walmart stores in the United States. Chances are that at some point, you have been one of the more than 37 million people who shop at Walmart daily.
Walmart stores are huge. On average, each location is more than 100,000 square feet. Though most shoppers cruise the aisle without incident, there are still countless mishaps like slip-and-fall accidents.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Walmart slip-and-fall accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
When pursuing a claim, it is important to understand the Walmart injury policy and the unique hurdles you may encounter when filing a claim against Walmart.
An attorney with experience fighting against Walmart, such as those at Rosen Justice Injury Firm, is crucial in obtaining a prompt and favorable settlement against the superstore giant.
I Slipped and Fell At Walmart. What Should I Do?
After a slip-and-fall accident, you may feel confused and not know what to do. Below are some things you can do to help preserve your health and strengthen your Walmart slip-and-fall claim.
Identify Witnesses to the Accident
Witness statements may be important evidence for a successful claim against Walmart. Request the witness’s contact information in case your lawyer wants to contact them later. If possible, get a written statement detailing the accident. Remember to be kind and grateful. These people do not have to help.
Photograph the Scene
One of the many benefits of smartphones is that you may immediately take photos of the scene to depict what occurred. Make sure to get photos up close and from a distance. Focus on photos of the accident’s cause, such as a broken display or water on the floor. If you have visible injuries like a cut or scrape, photograph that too.
Look for Security Cameras
Many big stores like Walmart have security cameras to deter theft. Look around and see if a security camera may have caught your slip and fall on video. Your legal counsel can request a copy of the security footage. Try to record the date and time of the accident so the footage is easier to locate.
Report the Incident to the Store Manager
The store manager will need to be informed of the incident so they can file an accident report. Provide information about what happened. Be careful to avoid making any statements that could be construed to imply you are responsible for the accident. You will want to request a copy of this report.
Get Medical Attention
It is really important to be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. Some injuries may take time to develop. You may not understand your injury’s severity until a doctor examines you. Keep a record of the costs associated with your medical expenses.
File a Claim with Walmart
You will need to file a claim with Walmart’s claims department. Not surprisingly, they have a lot of control over the internal claims process. It is best to have your attorney speak to the Walmart claims representative and file on your behalf. They can also handle negotiations.
Hire an Attorney
It is easy to make a mistake when filing a claim against Walmart. Thus, you should contact a lawyer who can guide you through the process. A lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement or litigate your claim if necessary.
Hurdles of Filing a Walmart Slip-and-Fall Claim
Bringing a claim against a business is often a little more complicated than bringing one against an individual. Here are some things to remember when filing a claim against Walmart. Experienced legal counsel will be able to better advise you on these issues.
Walmart Has Resources
As one of the biggest retailers in the country, Walmart has expensive, white-shoe law firms to defend it and significant resources to fight against your claim. They may choose to fight your case rather than offer a quick payout. That also means they have the funds for fair compensation if you can make a strong case.
Walmart Injury Policy
Unlike most businesses, Walmart has opted to self-insure rather than purchase liability insurance from third-party insurers to cover the costs if someone is injured in their store.
Most companies use this type of insurance to protect them from paying out of pocket if an injury occurs in their store. Because they self-insure, the company has a financial incentive to make it difficult to prove they were responsible for your Walmart slip-and-fall injury.
Walmart Is Aggressive
Walmart offers low prices because they are good at negotiating for lower costs. The same is true in how they interact with insurance claims and courtrooms. They make the process difficult so that fewer people are likely to bring a claim against them.
That being said, the law is the law, and if Walmart is responsible for your injury, you should seek compensation. However, their aggressiveness is all the more reason for you to hire a lawyer to handle your claim.
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Walmart Slip-and-Fall Settlements 2022
The compensation you receive for your Walmart slip-and-fall injury depends largely on the severity of your injury and your ability to prove that Walmart was at fault.
Every situation is unique, and your settlement could be significantly different from another person’s settlement because of the unique factors involved in each case.
Here are a handful of notable Walmart slip-and-fall settlements and jury verdicts in 2022 and previous years:
- $7.5 million for a customer who got his foot stuck in a pallet while trying to reach a watermelon;
- $14 million for a customer who slid on a wet floor mat at the register, causing her to fall;
- $16.9 million for a customer who was knocked over by a Walmart employee trying to stop a shoplifter; and
- $1 million to a customer who tripped over a crack in the Walmart parking lot.
These are all verdicts awarded at the end of lengthy trials. Your case may or may not be valued as high as some of these high-profile cases. Additionally, settlements are typically much less than the potential trial verdicts. However, settling a case can save time and costs compared to a trial.
Choosing a Walmart Slip-and-Fall Attorney
Taking on a retail giant like Walmart is not for the faint of heart. The nationally recognized attorneys at Rosen Justice Injury Lawyers understand what it takes to win against big corporations while ensuring we put your care and well-being at the forefront of our efforts.
Our team has 75 years of combined experience and is ready to put our experience to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.