Hallandale Walmart Slip and Falls
An average of 74 civil lawsuits are filed against Wal-Mart in Broward County every year. These lawsuits can be the result of a variety of reasons including trip and falls, items falling from the shelves and displays, and even aisle obstructions due to pallets or boxes. However, slip and falls are one of the most common incidents that result in a lawsuit, and the Walmart here in Hallandale is not immune from this problem. This location owes the same duty of care to its invitees as any other Walmart in Broward County.
We spent some time researching and, drawing from what we learned, we have put together the following information about slip and fall lawsuits against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for your reference.
View of Walmart in Hallandale, Florida
The Walmart here in Hallandale is a supercenter, which means it sells groceries. For many shoppers this can be a plus. However, for the unlucky few, this section of the store can be the cause of a serious slip and fall that can result in hospitalization for a variety of injuries such as a leg fracture, herniated disc(s), and/or torn shoulder muscles, just to name a few.
There are many slipping hazards that can occur in the produce section of the grocery store in Walmart. Common slipping hazards include banana peels, smashed grapes, tomatoes, etc. Likewise, the sprinklers that keep the food fresh can cause water to build up on the floor from the mist or even from leaking/broken pipes. If there are no warnings of this condition and the floor becomes slippery, you can have a severe slip and fall which can cause damage to a hip, ankle, and wrist. These injuries can have a devastating impact on someone’s life, especially for an elderly person, which makes up a large portion of Hallandale’s population.
Additionally, the Walmart in Hallandale is not a newer store. The Hallandale location may have higher safety risks, which should be inspected regularly and renovated if anything is outdated. For example, if the roof isn’t routinely inspected and/or repaired, it can cause leaks, therefore creating a serious slipping hazard. If these defects aren’t fixed in a timely manner, the store can be held responsible due to its negligent maintenance.
Similarly, because this Walmart is older, the floors in the Hallandale store may not be made up of the latest slip resistant material. As time goes by, the slip resistant floors wear down. The areas that are most commonly walked on lose traction quicker. These areas are typically within the aisles and the cashier lanes. When there are areas of the floor that do not have the same degree of traction, a person walking may suddenly reach an area that is slippery without warning and be caused to slip and fall.
There are a few issues a slip and fall victim should know before filing a claim against Walmart. The Florida Statute related to slip and falls on transitory foreign substances states that a victim must prove two elements in order to establish fault. These are: (1) that the business establishment was aware or should have been aware that the dangerous condition existed, and (2) that no action was taken to remedy it.
Furthermore, a slip and fall victim in Walmart has 2 years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a lawsuit is filed, the victim can prove that the business establishment was at fault for the victim’s injuries through physical evidence such as:
â€¢ Photos taken at the scene
â€¢ Clothing the victim was wearing
â€¢ Surveillance videos
â€¢ Witness testimonies
â€¢ Copies of accident reports
Be aware, Walmart will put up a fight when it comes to an injury claim. They have their own claims management company to evaluate your claim and they will use any little piece of evidence against you. For example, if you slipped and fell on water, their claims department can ask for the clothes or shoes you were wearing. If you were wearing dangerous shoes such as heels or crocs, or were wearing clothes that were dragging on the floor, the claims department will argue that you were partially at fault for your incident and deny any compensation.
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