Can I Sue Wal-Mart for a Slip & Fall Injury?

The law stipulates that Walmart has an obligation to provide a safe environment to their customers. Therefore, when you ask can I sue Wal-Mart for a slip & fall injury, the answer is, YES! As such, victims of a slip and fall can get substantial compensation for any injuries they received. Past victims of a slip and fall who have sued Walmart have been awarded $540,000 or more.

However, Walmart is one of the most difficult corporations to sue and get compensation for a few reasons. They are:

Walmart is huge. You probably know that it is the biggest retail chain in the country. What you may not know is that the bigger the retail chain, the harder it is to sue them. This is because they have deep pockets and can hire the best lawyers in the market.

Walmart is self-insured. Most companies get liability insurance from a third-party insurance firm. In simple language, claims for a slip and fall are usually paid by the insuring company and not the company. However, Walmart is different. It is so huge that it created a separate company that it owns to handle any liability claims raised by people. This means that at all times, it is their own money on the hook. For this reason, they will fight all the way to ensure they pay as little as possible or if possible, nothing at all to the claimant.

Walmart is very aggressive. The reason why goods are cheap in Walmart stores is that they are iron negotiators with their suppliers. They apply the same negotiation techniques when it comes to sorting insurance claims. One of the strategies they use is to make it hard for people to get money from them. This discourages people from trying to sue them.

However, this should not make you give up on filing a claim. It is still possible to make a slip and fall accident claim against the Walmart retail chain and win. To win, you need to have a clear understanding on how to handle the process of filing a claim. Here is our complete guide on how to file a successful claim.

1. You Need to Engage A Serious and Experienced Attorney

Since Walmart will fight tooth-and-nail in order to avoid forking out a payment, you need to get a lawyer who is not just competent. There are very many lawyers who would love a chance to battle it out with Walmart in court but there are not many who have successfully gotten a settlement from big retail chains like Wal-Mart. When choosing legal representation, consider the experience of an attorney.

The lawyer that you engage will assist you in:

  • Determining if you have a valid injury claim and the negligence on the part of Walmart.
  • Building a strong trove of evidence that will make Walmart of battling your claim in court.
  • Handling Walmart directly so that you do not have to meet their aggressive lawyers and claims representatives.

However, the biggest job that your personal injury lawyer will have is to negotiate on your behalf.

In personal injury law, there is a saying, “Everything is Negotiable”.

When it comes to dealing with Walmart, it means coming up with hard evidence, cutting through the aggressive tactics of their lawyers during negotiations and pushing Walmart to cough up what it owes you. The better the negotiation skills of your attorneys, the better your chances of getting a sizable compensation.

At the Weinstein Firm, our lawyers have a lot of experience in these types of negotiations. We have battled large retail chains and corporate brands in the past – and we have won!

2. You Need to Have the Proper Documentation

Since Walmart is backed by a strong and skilled legal team, you need to have documentation that backs up every detail in your claim. Your legal representative will guide and consult with you in order to ensure that you have all the right and proper documentation that you need before filing a claim against Walmart.

The documentation that you may require may include:

  • A video or photos of the scene of accident (If it is possible, it is best to take these at the time the accident occurs).
  • Statements from other customers who were in the store and witnessed your accident as well as the hazard that caused your slip and fall.
  • A complete diagnosis of your injuries from the doctor.
  • Medical bills indicating how much money you spent getting treated or the amount it will cost you to get treatment over time.
  • Any work records that show the duration of time that you were away from work due to your injuries.
  • Evidence from the public records of Walmart or any past legal cases indicating that they knew about the hazard that caused your accident.
  • This last item is very important. For example, you need a video of one of Walmart’s training videos that was used in a past slip and fall case to prove that their doormats may have caused an accident because of being slippery.

A good attorney will use a lot of hours in research helping you to make an airtight claim. Further, they will not charge you by the hour.

3. File A Formal Claim Against Walmart

Ideally, when you had a slip and fall accident, you informed the store managers on what happened. This usually leads to the creation of a record of the accident so that Walmart does not claim that you are making things up later or confusing the details on your accident.

However, if you did not inform the store manager, do not worry. This is just an informal step and you can still file a claim even if you did not inform them. Your attorney will file a formal claim with the Walmart liability company and cite the store where the accident occurred, the time of the accident and how the accident happened.

On filing the initial claim, Walmart will have a chance to give a response. Some of the most likely responses that they will give are:

  • They will deny any liability for the accident and claim that they do not owe you anything.
  • They will make you a compensation offer that is much lower than what you actually deserve.

Do not let the initial response from Walmart rattle you. It is a normal and standard reply. This simply means that your attorney will do what they are best at – forcing Walmart to negotiate for a better settlement.

Never Leave Your Slip and Fall Injury at Walmart To Chance!

People get injured at Walmart all the time. They trip on toys that have been left unattended in the aisle, slip on cat food, slip on wet floors or get injured by boxes that are stored in high places. There are some Walmart customers who have been injured while in the parking lot on the way to the store. All of the injury scenarios described above involve negligence on the part of Walmart meaning that they are liable. However, most of the victims who are injured because of the negligence of Walmart do not file claims as they think they have no chance of winning.

Do not get stuck with a long term and serious injury or medical bills that you do not deserve. Let us connect you with some of the top attorneys in Georgia for a FREE consultation. Call us at 770-HELP-NOW or fill the simple form on your right to schedule a FREE consultation today.

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