There are two ways to seek potential compensation if you were injured in a slip and fall accident at a Wal-Mart store in Florida. You can file a claim against the store’s property and liability insurance coverage. You can also file a personal injury lawsuit, provided it is within four years from the date of the incident. In either situation, you should have a slip and fall accident lawyer who understands and accepts these kinds of cases.
What You Should Do After a Slip and Fall at a Wal-Mart Store in Florida
Wal-Mart shoppers are considered invitees and are legally owed the highest consideration from the property owner. An invitee is someone allowed to be on the premises for a mutually beneficial business transaction. Florida statutes require Wal-Mart to offer a safe place to shop.
Unfortunately, not all stores uphold this duty of care. If you or a loved one were injured because of a slip and fall accident at a Wal-Mart store in Florida, you could be entitled to compensation.
Our Suggested Checklist
As slip and fall accident lawyers in Florida, we suggest that you take the following steps after a slip and fall accident at Wal-Mart (or anywhere):
- Call for help.
- Get medical care right away.
- Report the fall at once.
- Take pictures of the accident site to strengthen a potential claim or lawsuit (for example, the floor was wet and there was no caution sign).
- Get the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
- Call a slip and fall accident lawyer to protect your rights.
We realize that you may not be able to take pictures if you are injured. However, it is possible that store employees may try and clean the area immediately to cast doubt on the reason for your fall. However, a slip and fall accident lawyer can request closed-circuit video recordings which may be used as part of your claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Why You Should Ask a Slip and Fall Lawyer to Help You Seek Compensation
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are the second leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Non-fatal slip and fall accidents can result in a severe injury that might prevent you from working or enjoying daily activities.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and fall accidents are a leading factor in missed work days and emergency room visits.
Common injuries from a slip and fall accident include:
- Broken or fractured bones, especially hips, legs, arms, and wrists
- Traumatic brain injury
- Slipped or herniated spinal disk
- Nerve damage
- Facial or dental lacerations
- Internal bleeding
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine believe that a negligent Wal-Mart store should be held accountable for your injuries and damages. We can review your case for free and pursue compensation through an insurance claim or a lawsuit.
You Can Sue Wal-Mart After a Slip and Fall or You Can Seek Settlement
While you may have the legal right to have a lawyer sue Wal-Mart on your behalf, it may not be the best way for you to obtain compensation. A trial can take months or years. It took 12 years before a Jacksonville woman won a $1 million verdict against a Jacksonville Wal-Mart store. Suing Wal-Mart may not be the best course of action if you have medical bills piling up and are unemployed or on disability.
Plaintiffs and Defendants Often Prefer to Settle
Here are other factors to consider when choosing between getting a settlement or seeking a favorable verdict at trial:
- Compensation from settlements is usually faster than from a trial verdict.
- Trials can reveal unpleasant personal information.
- Damages awarded in a verdict depend on jury empathy.
- Defendants who settle do not have to admit liability.
- Trials are expensive for both parties.
- Settlements are private, but trial results are public records.
Sometimes a prominent defendant like Wal-Mart prefers to settle quietly. If this happens in your situation, you will probably need to sign a non-disclosure agreement that keeps the details and monetary compensation confidential.
What You Might Recover in Damages
Each case varies, but damages in a slip and fall accident typically include:
- Medical bills
- Lost pay
- Reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
A slip and fall accident attorney with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will pursue the compensation you may be entitled to receive. If we cannot recover compensation, you do not pay attorney fees. Please call our firm at 1-800-747-3733 to request a free consultation.