Walmart Slip and Fall Claims
Walmart has thousands of store locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest retailer. With this many locations, accidents are bound to happen and while the company is known for helping customers get the best deals on a variety of consumer products, it is also unfortunately notorious for making it extremely difficult for injured customers to collect compensation for their losses. If you sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident in a Walmart, you need the advice and guidance of an experienced slip and fall attorney who can help you pursue your own claim for damages against the company.
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
Like any other type of accident, slip and fall accidents have a number of different causes, although in retail establishments such as Walmart, there are certain circumstances that are notorious for resulting in accidents, including:
- Leaving puddles of water or other spilled liquids on the floor;
- Products falling off of shelves and striking customers or creating obstacles in aisles;
- Leaving dangerous equipment in the aisles; and
- Leaving food products or beverages on the floor.
Many Walmart stores carry grocery items, so it is not uncommon for foods and beverages to spill into the aisles, which if left unattended, can create a serious hazard for customers. Similarly, stores with garden sections can be dangerous to customers if pallets, dirt, or grease are left lying on the ground. Inclement weather also causes a fair number of accidents every year, most of which involve frozen sidewalks or melting snow or ice. To help prevent these types of accidents, employees are required to take the following steps:
- Ensure that welcome mats do not become frozen or slippery;
- Keep sidewalks clear of snow, ice, and other hazards;
- Place salt or sand on icy sidewalks; and
- Put out warning signs when rooftop snow could slide off and into the paths of customers.
When employees fail to fulfill these duties and a person is injured as a result, the company can be required to pay for the injured party’s medical expenses. Unfortunately, large corporations like Walmart often try to avoid responsibility for accidents even when they were clearly at fault, making it especially important for injured customers to seek aggressive representation.
Filing a Claim
Slip and fall accidents can be both painful and stressful, especially for those who are attempting to collect compensation to pay their medical expenses. However, it is still important for injured parties to preserve certain records, including:
- Hospital records from immediately after the accident occurred;
- Records of ongoing hospital visits;
- Doctor’s notes;
- Proof of lost wages; and
- Records of pain levels on a day to day basis.
Having access to these types of records can make all the difference in the outcome of a case, so if you were recently injured in a Walmart store, be sure to keep track of your medical records and billing statements.
Call Today for Help with Your Walmart Slip and Fall Claim
Walmart’s third party insurance adjuster is known as Claims Management, Inc. (CMI) and is responsible for managing and tracking claims filed against the company. CMI aggressively fights slip and fall claims filed by customers, so if you were recently injured at a Walmart store, please contact one of the dedicated and compassionate slip and fall attorneys at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. by calling 737-201-0543 today.