Slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere and for a magnitude of reasons. When they happen in a retailer, whether it’s a department store or a grocery store, the retailer may be found liable for the injuries that the individual sustained, depending on the specific details involving the fall. Overall, stores have a responsibility to ensure that their customers have a safe environment to shop in and that there are no obstructions or anything on the ground that can cause them to trip, fall, and become injured. This can include anything from debris to spills. If store employees fail to notice and clean up these potential liabilities, they may be held responsible for any customers that slip and fall. Although slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, in recent years, there has been a large amount of Walmart slip and fall lawsuits. With almost 265 million individuals visiting approximately 11,500 Walmart locations each week, it can possibly explain why a high number of slip and fall lawsuits involving retailers are linked to Walmart specifically.
Slip and fall injuries may not seem like a serious problem at first glance, but the numbers that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported show just how serious they are, as well as how frequently they occur. It has been reported that more than 800,000 individuals are hospitalized for slip and fall injuries every year, with three million older individuals being treated in emergency rooms for injuries that they sustained from falling.
Slip and fall accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, including:
- Head injuries
- Bone fractures, including hip fractures, which result from slip and fall accidents more than 95 percent of the time. Hip fractures are also the reason why approximately 300,000 older individuals are hospitalized annually due to slip and fall accidents
- Emotional trauma, as falling down can cause a fear of falling in the future, even if they did not sustain any serious injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Multiple Walmart slip and fall lawsuits have made headlines over the years. One story involved a Walmart slip and fall in Illinois, with a plaintiff claiming that she fell on spilled liquid on the store’s floor. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that because it was snowing that day, shopping carts that were covered in snow and ice were brought into the store, which eventually melted and puddled on the floor. Walmart failed to address this situation by taking care of the pool of water that had formed; they also did not put up any signs warning customers of potentially slippery floors due to the outside weather conditions. Another case in Kentucky involved a woman who slipped and fell in Walmart near the restrooms. As it turns out, this particular store’s water machine was located near the restroom. Another customer began filling a jug of water and went to use the restroom, with the intention of returning to the water machine before the jug overflowed, but did not return in time. The plaintiff also notes that nearby associates did not appear to notice the water on the floor, nor did they take action, and continued to ignore what was happening even after the plaintiff fell.
Anyone can slip and fall in unsafe conditions, but some individuals may be more susceptible to falls, or more serious falls, depending on certain risk factors. The CDC states that those with vision problems, foot pain, certain types of shoes, difficulties with balance and walking, vitamin D deficiencies, and use of certain medications (particularly, medications that act as sedatives) can all make an individual more at risk of a serious slip and fall.
Sustaining a slip in fall injury while simply shopping at Walmart, or other similar retailers, can cause both emotional stress and physical trauma. Because public businesses have a responsibility to ensure a safe environment for their customers, these companies may also be found liable when an injury does occur, depending on the specific details surrounding the incident. If you were injured from a slip and fall accident at Walmart, you may already be working with a personal injury attorney on a slip and fall lawsuit.
If you are waiting on your Walmart slip and fall lawsuit to finalize, you may be wondering when you will receive the money from your settlement. Many injury victims count on this money to cover the bills that have resulted specifically from their accident. In other cases, an injury victim may also be unable to work while they recover, and other expenses have accumulated. If you are hoping to get money from your case as soon as possible, consider the many benefits of pre-settlement funding, a service that is available through USClaims. Contact USClaims today for more information and to find out if your lawsuit qualifies for pre-settlement funding.