Frequently Asked Questions
Walmart’s floors offer no cushion from a trip, slip, or fall. Contact with the head from a fall can result in serious traumatic brain injuries. The Centers for Disease Control reports about 50 percent of fall victims require hospitalization for traumatic brain injuries. The death toll from traumatic brain injuries eclipsed 69,000 in 2021.
Those that do not die from a traumatic brain injury can suffer serious impairments, such as:
*Loss of memory
*Impaired ability to exercise judgment, logical thinking, and other cognitive skills
*Depression and anxiety
A trip and fall from a dangerous condition at Walmart can also damage your spinal cord. Depending on where the nerve or vertebrae damage occurs, the harm can include paralysis, loss of motor skills, and difficulty breathing or eating. Other injuries include sprains, fractures, hyperextended knees, and bruises. Victims might break their hands or wrists trying to brace themselves from a fall, especially falling forward. Even teeth can become chipped or broken from the impact of a fall forward onto the floor.
Ambulance service, emergency room treatment, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and doctor’s visits generate mounting medical bills. With the injuries from a trip and fall, you may also recover lost wages and lost capacity to work and earn wages. The non-economic damages from a trip and fall at Walmart may include pain, suffering, mental anguish, depression, diminished daily life activities, and disruption of marital relations and companionship.
Find an employee or someone from store management as soon as possible after the incident. If you are able, remain where you fell so that the manager or assistant manager can see the hazard. Take photographs and video of the object or substance and the area in which you fell. Note and capture any displays and signs which would conceivably distract a reasonable customer from noticing the hazard.
Security or video camera helps you establish how long the material rested on the floor and furnish other details concerning your trip and fall. Premises liability lawyers can request that Walmart stores preserve and furnish relevant footage.
Save and photograph any clothing you were wearing at the time of the slip and fall. Such articles may reveal the type of liquid involved. Discolored clothes might indicate or corroborate that you slipped and fell on bleach.