Walmart is a family-owned, multi-billion-dollar business with stores all over the world. In fact, last year Walmart reported nearly 500 billion dollars in sales and a net income of 16 billion, making it the largest company in history. Today, there are over 12,000 Walmart stores in 28 countries, including South Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and Canada, along with its world headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
In the United States alone, over 5,000 Walmart stores employ 1.5 million people. In addition to Walmart itself, Walmart’s sub-brands include Sam’s Clubs and smaller stores such as Amigo, Walmart on Campus, and Super Ahorros. In Florida, Walmart employs 107,000 people in over 400 stores, including 299 Supercenters, 9 Discount Stores, 90 Neighborhood Markets, and 49 Sam’s Clubs. With numbers like those, it is very likely that you have already shopped or will soon shop at a Walmart store.
INJURED AT A FLORIDA WALMART
If you are injured or suffer an accident while in a Walmart in Florida, your claim against Walmart or Sam’s Club will be governed by Florida’s slip and fall premises laws. That means your lawsuit must be filed within four years of the date of the incident. It is important to understand and accept that simply because you have fallen and been injured, Walmart is not automatically legally liable to pay you any money.
Instead, the injured person must obtain proof that the claimed injury is related to or was caused by the fall AND that the fall was in some part caused by the carelessness of Walmart. This can be extremely difficult to prove in some cases. Accordingly, Walmart’s CCTV video becomes probably the most important piece of evidence in your case—not just to prove that you fell, but to show, where, how, and why you fell.
We have successfully represented people in slip and fall accidents, trip and fall, and other types of accident cases against big box retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, and others since 1991. Walmart maintains one of the most sophisticated claims management programs in the world and employs skilled claims adjusters trained to settle cases and try to keep potential claimants from hiring their own lawyers.
In fact, Walmart uses a claims management company, called Claims Management Inc. or “CMI,” to obtain your medical records and X-rays, take statements of injured claimants, and to settle cases as cheaply as possible. CMI can then share your private information with other adjusters and insurance companies. Our Florida slip and fall personal injury lawyers recommend that you never give statements to adjusters or provide them with medical records or authorizations without first consulting with an experienced Walmart personal injury lawyer.
SUING WALMART FOR A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT
Our personal injury law firm in Miami has nearly 30 years of combined legal experience representing individuals and their families from around the world in cases against Walmart and Sam’s Club. We provide free initial legal consultations 24/7 by SKYPE, email at [email protected], or telephone at 1-866-597-4529. Call us today and let our experience and knowledge help you hold Walmart accountable to pay you for your medical expenses, time lost from work, pain, suffering, and disability. Call us today—we are ready to help.