Many people in Florida turn to Home Depot when they need to get ready for an indoor or outdoor project. There are more than 155 Home Depots in Florida alone, with each store packed full of useful items to have around your home or business.
Unfortunately, Home Depots can also pose a serious risk to shoppers. These stores have many aisles that store employees can have difficulty keeping clean. This issue could lead to a slip and fall accident, leaving you with high medical expenses.
You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries if you slipped and fell at Home Depot. The Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik can help. Our Florida Home Depot slip and fall accident and injury lawyers can take on your claim.
Florida Slip and Fall Accidents in Home Depot
Slip and fall accidents can occur for a number of reasons in a Home Depot. These accidents frequently occur when:
- Floors are cleaned and left wet or slick
- Substances—like paint—are spilled and not cleaned up
- Sidewalks become wet and slick from the weather
- Concrete floors throughout the store become damaged
In each of these cases, the owner of the Home Depot would have a responsibility to remove these hazards before they could result in a serious accident and major personal injuries.
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Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries That Could Qualify You for Damages
The nature and severity of injuries you sustain in a slip and fall accident will directly impact any compensation you receive from a settlement or verdict. The more severe and long-lasting your injuries, the more financial, physical, emotional, and personal losses you will incur.
Common injuries suffered by slip and fall victims include the following:
Brain and Head Injuries
You must promptly seek medical care if you slip and fall and sustain an abrupt blow or jolt to the head. Even a relatively insignificant head injury, such as a minor concussion, should initially be treated as an emergency because there may be more damage you are unaware of, possibly as severe as a traumatic brain injury.
Therefore, even if you feel okay, you should go to an emergency department immediately after your accident. Doing so may also improve your chances of receiving a favorable settlement or verdict because an immediate medical visit can confirm the seriousness of your injuries.
The spinal cord can be damaged by being compressed or severed. Johns Hopkins states that the higher the injury is on the spinal cord, the more widespread the damage will be. Injuries to the lower spine can cause paraplegia or partial paralysis of the lower body and legs. Unfortunately, high cervical spinal cord injuries often induce complete paralysis that includes the upper body, also known as quadriplegia.
Spinal cord injuries are often life-threatening at their onset and require immediate medical intervention and, frequently, prolonged treatment. Consequently, they are some of the most expensive injuries to manage and treat and often result in extremely high settlements and verdicts.
Bone fractures can be painful and frightening, ranging from stress (hairline) fractures to multiple breaks requiring several surgeries. Some of the commonly fractured bones from slip and fall accidents include the wrist, arm, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle.
When a person falls, they often try to protect themselves by extending their arm and hand toward the ground, frequently resulting in a broken wrist. In a forward fall, it’s also possible for a person to break a bone in their leg.
Casual, outward examination of an injured area is not enough to diagnose a bone fracture. If you experience an abrupt, forceful fall and experience centralized bone or joint pain, you should visit an emergency department promptly to get an X-ray. Failure to seek treatment may result in long-term problems, such as nerve damage, joint stiffness, and limited range of motion.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries aren’t outwardly observable, making them at times challenging to prove in court. If you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury, you might not realize it until days or weeks after your initial fall. Soft tissue injuries range from relatively mild ankle and wrist sprains to violent tears in ligaments and tendons
Ankle or wrist ligaments may tear during a fall, resulting in a strain or sprain, which can require considerable recovery time. Although it may not seem serious initially, an ankle or wrist injury can significantly interrupt your life. For example, an ankle sprain may prevent you from walking. Sprains and strains are common consequences of slip and fall and may cause victims to experience enduring mobility challenges.
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Home Depot’s Fault in Slip and Fall Cases
You could get damages to cover your losses if you slipped and fell in a Home Depot in Florida. You will likely need to file a premises liability claim with the help of your injury lawyer to get compensation.
Your lawyer will need to demonstrate that the property owner breached their duty of care before your accident. Duty of care means that property owners are required to remove hazards to their guests within a reasonable amount of time.
Property owners may violate their duty of care—assuming blame for an accident—if they:
- Do not clean up quickly after a spill
- Do not train their staff to clean up messes
- Do not post warning signs for slip and fall hazards
In any of these situations, the property owner of your local Home Depot could bear responsibility for your slip and fall injuries.
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Facts About Premises Liability Claims in Florida
You should be aware that you only have four years to pursue a premises liability claim or lawsuit in Florida. Once this period expires, you will no longer be able to seek compensation from Home Depot.
Begin working on your premises liability claim right away by contacting legal professionals. Your lawyer can build you a stronger case if they get to work right away by:
- Speaking with witnesses who saw the accident
- Reviewing video surveillance from the accident
- Going over your medical records and police reports
- Setting up forensic analysis of your fall
Let the team at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik start building your claim today. We can fight for fair compensation for your losses.
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Possible Compensation You Could Recover After a Slip and Fall in Home Depot
Your premises liability claim can allow you to secure the compensation you need to move forward after an accident in a Home Depot. Depending upon your situation, you could get damages to cover your:
- Current and ongoing medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and mental anguish
Jason and Debi Chalik have a history of personally helping clients in your situation. Our record of successes with slip and fall accidents speaks for itself. Here at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik we have secured damages for clients who slipped and fell, including awards equating to the following amounts: $400K, $280K,$75K, $60K.
Let us begin going over your legal options following a slip and fall accident in Home Depot. We can focus on securing you the compensation you need to move forward while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Get Help After a Slip and Fall Accident in a Florida Home Depot
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