If you or a loved one has been injured at Walmart due to an employee’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. However, to recover a monetary settlement, you must prove that the employers’ negligence caused your accident and injuries.
Make sure the slip and fall attorney your select uses experts who can use special tools to test the surface you slipped on scientifically. This evidence can provide further evidence of a property owner’s negligence. It may also be necessary for your attorneys to work with engineering, safety, and medical experts.
The Property Owner at Walmart Must Have Known About The Hazardous Condition
Suppose a property owner has “actual” or “constructive” notice of a dangerous condition they owe a legal duty to warn invitees and others who come on their premises. Often warning is not enough. Depending on the danger, the owner may be required to correct, mark off, and take all precautions necessary to make the premises safe. If the property owner is aware, there could be a legal obligation to use warning signs like wet floor signs, caution signs or provide other written or verbal warnings.
State and local building codes, industry standards, and regulations require that all surfaces meet minimum thresholds for “slip resistance.” Slip resistance is important for both wet and dry surfaces. The most common defense used by property owners is that the accident was caused by the injured person ignoring their surroundings. This argument attempts to shift blame to you rather than focusing on their negligence.
4 Important Aspects That You Must Prove In Your Accident Claim
Aside from this, to win an accident claim against Walmart, you should prove the same 4 aspects that you need to show in any negligence-based claim:
- Duty: Walmart had a duty to eliminate a specific risk.
- Breach of duty: They breached that duty by failing to remove it.
- Injury: You suffered considerable damage.
- Cause: Your injury was brought on by Walmart’s breach of duty.
Important Records To Collect After an Accident at Walmart
The most important item is your health and safety. Get medical attention if necessary. Seeking medical attention will often assist you later by being able to document your injuries. Again, the most important aspect is your safety.
As long as it does not impair your safety, make sure you report the accident. If you are at a business, make sure the manager makes a report and gives you a copy.
If it can be done safely, document with pictures and video the precise location where you fell, including stairs, railings, ice patches, or any other condition contributing to the fall. Be sure to record the date and time of the accident.
Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of any possible witnesses. This will help prove your version of events down the road.
Consider Calling an Attorney
If you consider legal action, you should contact a Walmart injury attorney who can guide you through the process.