While shopping at your local Walmart, you slipped in an aisle and suffered an injury. Can you sue the store to recover compensation for your injury?
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a widespread retail presence across the U.S. In the Raleigh area alone, there are numerous Walmart stores and Supercenters. Our law firm is even located near several Walmarts:
- 1725 New Hope Church Road
- 8000 Town Drive
- 4431 New Bern Avenue
- 6600 Glenwood Avenue
- 4500 Fayetteville Road
- 10050 Glenwood Avenue
Slips and falls in stores are common. A broken jar, a leaking container, or even a newly mopped floor can create conditions hazardous to passersby. Injuries from slip and fall accidents can be painful — and serious. Sprains, broken bones, and even head injuries can result from losing your footing in a trip or slip. And shoppers of all ages are at risk.
When you are invited onto the property of a store like Walmart, you have an expectation of a safe shopping experience. If you are injured during your time in the store due to poor conditions, failure to attend to messes or hazards, or another type of negligence, you may have a claim under premises liability law to sue the store owner or operator for your personal injury.
When deciding whether to file a lawsuit for your slip and fall injury, always consult first with an attorney, making sure to consider the following details about North Carolina law:
- Under North Carolina law, if you are believed to have contributed to your injury, you may not recover compensation from a store owner or operator. For example, a shopper who was walking and texting and then slipped on a substance that was properly flagged with a yellow cone has a different case than someone who fell as a result of tripping over torn, worn carpet.
- Business and store owners have a duty of care to keep their premises safe — whether flagging and cleaning up substances, repairing and keeping walkways clear, providing sufficient lighting, or taking other reasonable precautions. A premises liability claim determines whether a store operator failed to carry out their safety responsibilities, and whether you suffered an injury and/or damages as a result.
- Walmart has a responsibility to maintain safe premises, but it is not required to take extraordinary measures to protect shoppers from unknown hazards. Evidence of how and where your injury occurred is important. Pictures taken with a cell phone or statements of witnesses can be crucial to create a picture of the condition of the store during your visit.
After suffering an injury at a Walmart or other retailer, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Raleigh as quickly as possible. Only a professional can help you preserve evidence, gather facts, and take other necessary steps toward a possible claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, and you are considering taking legal action, contact the Lanier Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation. Call us toll free at (855) 757-4204. We have 11 locations in North Carolina to serve you.