Slip and Fall Accidents at Wal-Mart

Slip and Fall Accidents at Wal-MartIt can happen to anyone: you’re shopping for groceries at Walmart with your family when you suddenly slip in a puddle of mop water that didn’t have a warning sign beside it. If you’ve been involved in a similar incident, it can be embarrassing and painful. However, even a minor fall in a grocery store should be treated seriously, because accidents like these can cause lasting damage if you are not treated in time.

Each year, thousands of shoppers are injured during slip and fall accidents at Walmart. These incidents can be damaging for consumers and their families. Severe life-changing injuries can occur as a result of these slips and falls, including damage to the brain and spine. If you or someone you care about was involved in a similar accident at Walmart, the best option is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Orlando, Florida, who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

What Should I Do If I’m Injured at Walmart?

No one ever expects to slip and fall in a grocery store like Walmart, but if you do, there is a good chance that you will want to know how to proceed after the incident. The accident itself can be daunting and frustrating to deal with, especially if you’ve suffered serious damage, but there are certain steps and actions that can help protect you and strengthen your case. 

Seek Immediate Medical Treatment

Regardless of the severity of your injuries, you should visit a trained medical professional as soon as possible after you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall. Certain injuries may not appear immediately and can take a few days to manifest, but a doctor will be able to help you identify those issues and obtain the necessary treatment.

Medical documentation, such as a physical report from a physician or a mental health evaluation, can help your case in court, in addition to giving you a solid piece of evidence regarding the harm and injuries you sustained as a result of the store’s negligence. 

Gather Witness Information

If you are not immediately taken to a hospital after your injury, you should obtain the contact information of any nearby witnesses to the incident, including both shoppers and employees. When recording the information of employees, note any defining physical characteristics that may help you recognize or reference them later on, such as “Susan, short and blonde.”

When taking witness information, you’ll want to gather phone numbers and email addresses as well as their full name. This will allow you to contact them in the future through multiple channels if they are needed as a witness during your case. 

Review the Incident Report 

Walmart store policy dictates that employees must write up an incident report for any accident that occurs within their store or on their premises. After the accident occurs, you will likely be asked to recount the events or make a statement to the manager so that they will be able to document it. Ask to read the incident report after it has been completed to ensure that they did not alter or misrepresent any facts. Make any necessary changes to the document that you believe accurately reflect the incident, but if the manager does not allow you to make these amendments, you may refuse to sign the document. 

Once you have reviewed and approved the document, it is your responsibility to request a copy of the incident report. Some managers may supply it to you immediately once it has been finalized, but you must ensure a copy is delivered to you. Not only will you need it for your personal records, but the incident report may also act as a strong piece of evidence in your case as well. 

Record Evidence from the Scene

Much like obtaining witness statements, recording evidence of the scene of the accident should be lower on your priority list if you have been severely injured. However, if you are able to remain at the scene after your accident, you must gather evidence of the incident. 

Photograph the scene or record a video of the area where the incident took place and document any visible injuries you sustained such as a laceration or a burn. Take pictures of misplaced objects, such as debris or fallen products, in addition to employees who may be cleaning up the mess that caused the accident. Most importantly, ensure that everything is time-stamped, and send it to a trusted friend or family member so that they have a record of the evidence. 

Work with a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney in Orlando, Florida

Now that you have evidence of the accident, including witness statements, photographs, video, medical documentation, and an incident report, you will need an experienced lawyer who understands the intricacies of a personal injury case. If you live in or near Orlando, Florida, the trusted professionals at The Umansky Law Firm can help you obtain the financial compensation for your accident that you need. 

With years of experience and hundreds of successful cases, the attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm will work with you to build a strong case for your slip and fall accident. When you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call at (407) 228-3838 or reach out to us online to schedule your free consultation today.