If you have been injured and believe Wal-Mart is to blame, you might want to pursue a personal injury claim against the retail giant. However, don't expect them to offer you a settlement overnight.
Instead, it will be a long and drawn out process in which they will try to get by paying as little as possible for your claim. While it is on you to prove their liability and responsibility, you should be aware that they are going to dispute your allegations and try to prove that they are not at fault for the damages and injuries that resulted.
What You Need to Know Before You File
Wal-Mart has created their own subsidiary to handle any personal injury claims filed against the store. While this division is designed to look like an independent third-party insurance adjuster, it is part of Wal-Mart so it is, of course, looking out for the retailer's best interest and trying to save them some money.
After Wal-Mart has been notified that you have filed a claim, you will be contacted by Claims Management, Inc. This subsidiary handles all claims against the retailer, so they will attempt to gather any pertinent information from you.
What Information Will Claims Management, Inc. Ask For?
Some of the information requested by Claims Management, Inc. must be provided as it is pertinent to the claim. This includes your full name, address, date of birth, contact information, and basic details.
Because they will ask for much more and try to dig deeper into the situation and refute your claim, you should work with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Your lawyer knows how to negotiate with an insurance adjuster and knows what information should be provided and what details are relevant to the company so hopefully, a settlement can be reached.
Claims Management, Inc. will try to get you to provide them with a recorded statement. Sometimes, the answers you give them in this statement is turned around and used against you to try to reduce the settlement amount or to get the claim dismissed altogether.
Before you give a recorded statement, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who will help you throughout the process. Your lawyer will protect your best interests and will aggressively pursue your claim, helping you to get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Consulting With A Personal Injury Attorney
When you consult with a personal injury attorney, there are no upfront costs and you have nothing to lose. Working on a contingency basis, your attorney won't get any money until you either get a judgment or a settlement for your damages.
You cannot take on a big chain store like Wal-Mart on your own. They have access to legal experts and attorneys, so they are not going to make the claims process easy for you. A statute of limitations does apply, so schedule a free case evaluation today.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Wal-Mart, you may not be entitled to any compensation.