It is only normal to expect a super store to be clean and well-maintained, safe from dangers that could lead to a slip and fall. If you go into one, and the store wasn’t maintained so there is a broken tile that causes you to fall and hurt your back, or a spill that causes you to hit your head on a shelf, you can take action against the store through a personal injury claim and get compensated for your damages.
When you decide to file a personal injury claim against the store, your first step will be to send a demand letter to them and their insurance company to let them know that you are filing a claim for your damages. The demand letter will explain why you think they are liable, what damages you suffered, and should have supporting documentation that indicates why the store is at fault and how you hold them liable. You should enlist the help of a personal injury attorney who will help you ensure your personal injury claim is on the right track.
The Demand Letter
If you hire a personal injury lawyer, your attorney will send the demand letter. If you don’t have a lawyer, you can send the demand letter, but you need to make sure you have everything in order so the letter can be effective. After all, this is letting the store know that you believe their negligence caused your injuries. Here are some specifics you should include in the demand letter after a slip and fall in a super store:
- State the details – where, when, and how the accident happened
- Indicate the damages and the injuries that you suffered
- Explain how negligence played a role – what the employees did to make the store liable, such as not fixing a damaged floor or cleaning up a mess
- Provide documentation to show your damages, such as medical reports, medical bills, proof of lost wages, photos of injuries and damages, copies of an accident report, and witness statements
- Provide a detailed listing of your damages – itemize them and go line by line
- You will need to specify how much you want as a total settlement, so increase the figure above what you would accept as a minimum because you will be offered less, and you will need to negotiate a settlement \
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were shopping at a store and suffered injuries in a slip and fall, consult with a personal injury attorney. With the help of a lawyer, you are much more likely to recover compensation for your damages. Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you will not have upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses.
Your attorney will not be paid until you are compensated through a judgment or a settlement. So, if your lawyer doesn’t win your claim, he or she isn’t paid. There is a statute of limitations for pursuing a claim, so complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page, and your case will be reviewed by an attorney who practices in your state.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Walmart, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.