Walmart Injury Claims in Chicago
Walmart Personal Injury Settlements
Were you injured in a slip and fall, or struck by a cart or falling product or display at Walmart? Need assistance filing a claim against Walmart? If so, we can help. At Morici, Longo & Associates, we understand accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. If you were wrongfully injured while shopping in a supermarket like Walmart, you may be able to file a claim for damages. Our Chicago Walmart slip and fall claims attorneys can help.
Walmart slip and fall claims can be difficult to pursue on your own because large corporate entities have a wealth of resources on their side, such as a team of aggressive attorneys and practically unlimited funds. Fortunately, with strong legal representation on your side, you can stand up to a corporation like Walmart and receive compensation. We are prepared to fight for you with whatever it takes.
Call our Chicago lawyers today at (312) 779-0366 for experienced representation, or fill out our online contact form.
Illinois law states that anyone who owns or manages a premises—whether it be a private residence, public land, or a retail store—is legally responsible for the safety of visitors. This doesn’t mean that any personal injury is automatically the fault of the property owner, however.
The law states that a person in possession or control of a premises must either:
- Use reasonable care to detect and repair any dangers on their property or
- Provide a clear warning of (such as a “Wet Floor” sign) or block off known dangers
In other words, if a person is injured by something the property owner should have been aware of and either fixed or warned against, the injured party can file a lawsuit for what is known as “premises liability.” This not only includes physical defects on the property, but also dangerous or negligent actions by Walmart employees. If a person is injured due to their own negligence or something the property owner was not responsible for or could not have reasonably known about, the injured party will likely not have a claim.
Walmart Slip and Fall Claims in Chicago - Can I Sue Walmart For Slipping?
When you trip, slip, and/or fall from a height and injure yourself on someone’s property, you can sue for damages if the cause of the accident was due to the property owner or manager’s negligence. These types of accidents are often termed together as “slip and fall” and are the most common cause of premises liability lawsuits.
Slip and fall accidents at Walmart are commonly caused by:
- A spill that has yet to be cleaned
- A water or other liquid leak
- Debris which has fallen off the shelves
- Exposed electrical wires
- Freshly mopped or waxed floors
- Ice or snow outside of the property
- Loose flooring or carpeting
- Potholes in the parking lot
- Trash spilling out of garbage cans
- Uneven pavement near the entrance
Other Common Walmart Accidents
In addition to slip and fall accidents, some other common causes of accidents in Walmart include:
Falling Products or Negligently assembled Displays
- Displayed products that fall on a customer
- Improperly erected displays
- Product improperly stacked or supported
- Merchandise obstructing aisleways
- Improperly assembled products
Negligence of Walmart Employees
- Employees striking customers with product
- Employees running into customers with carts
- Cart attendants striking customers with mishandled shopping carts
- Forklifts striking Walmart customers
- Walmart shoppers being injured during material handling
Accidents Caused by Walmart Drivers
- Auto accidents caused by Walmart drivers
- Walmart tractor trailers accidents on the highway
- Walmart trucks striking pedestrians
- Walmart vehicle striking motorcycles
- Cyclists struck by Walmart drivers
How to File a Claim Against Walmart
It isn’t easy to successfully file a claim against Walmart. The retailer is sued thousands of times annually, which has made it an expert at handling lawsuits. The Walmart company is so lucrative that it is self-insured, and it has even created its own subsidiary specifically for handling personal injury claims called Claims Management, Inc.
However, the law is the law and Walmart will likely be considered liable if one of the following led to an accident:
- The company or someone employed by the company caused a dangerous situation
- The company or someone employed by the company knew about a dangerous situation but did nothing to remove or mitigate it
- An employee of the company was at fault
- The company or someone employed by the company reasonably should have known about a dangerous situation but didn’t
Proving negligence on the part of Walmart is vital. Only with concrete evidence on their side can someone stand up against the corporation.
What to Do Next
If you have been injured at Walmart, do the following:
- Seek medical attention: If you are seriously wounded, get help immediately by calling 911. If your injuries are mild to moderate, remain on the scene long enough to do the next steps and then go see a doctor. Visiting a doctor is crucial because medical records can act as evidence for your claim. For this reason, we strongly recommend a checkup even if you don’t think your injuries are that severe.
- Start collecting evidence: Take photographs of the accident scene and what lead to your injury if you are able. If there were witnesses, collect their names and contact information. Ask Walmart to see security footage if there is any. Keep a record of all medical expenses related to your injury.
- File a Walmart customer incident report: Speak to a Walmart employee about filing an incident report. Be as detailed as possible on the report, including noting how and where the accident occurred and whether there were any witnesses. Request a copy of the report when it is done. However, do not sign it. Also, once finished, do not talk to a Walmart representative. They will likely try to get you to drop your claim or will attempt to have you say something they can use against you (they may try to convince you to admit fault, for instance).
- Contact a lawyer: Before talking to anyone about your accident, writing about it on social media, or doing anything else, call a lawyer. During a free, no-obligation consultation the attorney will advise you on the next steps and inform you whether you have a viable claim.
At Morici, Longo & Associates, we understand the complexities of Walmart personal injury accidents and settlements and know how to put together a strong case against the retailer. Our team of lawyers that fight Walmart is not afraid to go up against large corporations. We will do what it takes to ensure you and your loved ones aren’t taken advantage of by the company and receive the fair and just compensation you deserve.
Call (312) 779-0366 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation and start working towards your Walmart personal injury settlement.