Walmart is a large retail store with locations nationwide that attract a large number of people to enter their premises to browse and shop. A large number of customers and other commercial traffic enter Walmart stores daily, and slip and fall accidents are common in these venues. If you or a loved one were injured after slipping or tripping and falling in a Walmart store, Walmart may be liable for your injuries. Contact an experienced Walmart slip and fall attorney at the Law Office of Howard Alan Kitay today. Our personal injury attorneys have the skills needed to take on these large corporations and recover the compensation you need in this difficult time.
How Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in a Walmart
The majority of slip and fall injuries result from an uneven walking surface or unmarked wet grounds. Other hazards that can directly cause a slip and fall injury at a Walmart include:
- Holes in the floor
- Poor lighting
- Surface design flaws
- Unconnected floor mats
- Adverse weather conditions (for example, ice, snow, or rain)
- Slippery, wet, waxed unmarked floors
- Frayed carpeting
- Obstructions on the floor or walkway
- Produce or food left on the sales floor for an extended period of time
- Items falling from overhead shelves
- Displays that topple over
- Loose handrails
- Uneven stairs
- Employee negligence
Walmart is the largest retailer in the world with over 4,000 locations in the United States. Customers are attracted by it’s low prices. Customers who enter Walmart are there for the benefit of the corporation and are classified as invitees under the common law rules regarding the duties a landowner owes to people injured on his property. The owner or operator has a high duty of care to make the premises safe for customers. The store owner must use reasonable and ordinary care to keep the property reasonably safe for the invitee. This includes:
- The duty to warn the invitee of non-obvious, dangerous conditions known to the business owner.
- The duty to use ordinary care in active operations in the business.
- The duty to make reasonable inspections to discover dangerous conditions and make them safe.
A plaintiff must prove that the business owner knew about the spill or other dangerous conditions or should have known about it. In order for Walmart to be held responsible for a slip and fall accident, they have to be negligent. In a slip and fall accident, negligence has to be proven by showing that proper steps were not taken to prevent the fall. For example, in case of spillage, Walmart has the responsibility to make sure that warning signs are put up. They should also clear up the mess immediately to prevent accidents. Putting up signs and clearing spills are part of Walmart’s responsibility to ensure customers’ safety. If Walmart is aware of the spill before the invitee’s accident, the adequacy of any clean-up or warning and the amount of time that passed between the owner’s awareness of the issue and the accident are significant factors to consider determining negligence.
Slip and fall accident cases are often complex. Each slip and fall accident case requires the knowledge and experience of a premises liability attorney who can survey your case with an eye for detail in order to determine if you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced a Walmart slip and fall accident, you’ll want the best legal representation possible in order to be fully compensated for the damages that you and your family have incurred. The experienced slip and fall attorneys at the Law Office of Howard Alan Kitay are here to offer you their professional services in this hard time. With over two decades of extensive litigation experience, top personal injury attorney Kitay has the skills needed to make your case a success. Contact our Walmart slip and fall accident lawyers today at (619) 442-0542 for a free legal consultation.