Buying in bulk has never seemed like a better idea as Lexington residents try to stick to home base more and go out less. Being a member of a warehouse membership store like Sam’s Club can cut your bills and reduce the trips you require.
The one drawback of those warehouses is the massive floor space and the giant parking lots. There’s plenty of square footage for all types of hazards to end up on the ground. You can take a simple step forward on any aisle and suddenly be on the tile and staring up at those tall shelves. Your first concern is your well being, but then you may also question if a company like Sam’s Club will provide support after you’ve been hurt on their property.
Sam’s Club Liability in a Lexington Slip-And-Fall Accident
Sam’s Club got its start in 1983 under the Walmart family tree. Since then their stores have supplied members with bulk grocery items, fresh-cut meats, fruits, pharmaceuticals, tire rotations, and unleaded gas. People plan their meals around monthly trips to Sam’s.
The store collects membership fees and also makes billions off your purchases. So they should be expected to care about your safety anytime you visit. A drink spill in an aisle by a clumsy customer should be spotted and mopped up in a reasonable amount of time. Potholes in the parking lot should be filled in a reasonable soon, especially before you have the chance to trip on one and fall on your knee.
When these basic safety criteria haven’t been met any proprietor of a store can have to take responsibility for injuries under the legal concept of “premises liability.” If you are hurt, you and your attorney may have to remind them of this just to get basic help with your recovery. After a serious injury, contact the Lexington slip-and-fall attorneys with Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, to discuss your case, free of charge, for a look at your options for holding Sam’s Club liable.
Common Injuries In Sam’s Club Slip-And-Fall Accidents
A slip-and-fall often sends victims quickly flying backward to take a hard impact on their heads, backs, elbows, and hips. The results can be devastating to mental acuity and mobility.
Here are some common types of slip-and-fall injuries:
- Brain injuries and skull fractures. The most dangerous area of your body to absorb an impact. Traumatic brain injuries can result in amnesia or confusion and uncharacteristic laughing or crying.
- Damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis, a complete or partial loss of muscle control in the body.
- Dislocations and fractures to the hips, back, arms and neck. These bone breaks can be slow to heal and can rob you of mobility and function.
Another common outcome when feet run into an obstacle unexpectedly is known as a trip-and-fall. The victim is generally launched forward by uneven flooring, pavement, or by the foot catching a corner or box on the ground.
People will instinctively throw their arms out to break their fall. Unfortunately, the force of the fall can cause hands, wrists, and elbows to break. Injuries to the nose, jaw, and teeth can also occur if the face is the first thing to hit.
If You are Partially to Blame for your Fall at Sam’s Club
Lawyers for Sam’s Club may try to blame your fall on you. They could say you weren’t watching where you were going, or that you missed wet floor signs. It’s pretty unfair to blame an injured victim for their fall, but even if you are forced to accept some blame you can still receive compensation from store owners.
Kentucky is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that the injured victim and the store can share blame for an accident. You may have to accept 25% of the liability for perhaps being distracted by your phone when you took a tumble. Sam’s Club may get stuck with 75% of the blame for the items that a customer or an employee left on the floor that caused you to fall. Once the amount of compensation is decided, your 25% would be subtracted. The rest of it would go towards your bills and reimbursing your lost wages at work.
Contact A Sam’s Club Slip-And-Fall Attorney
If a representative of Sam’s Club calls you for a statement after an accident, don’t give them one. Sam’s Club will have their own lawyers and insurance agents and they will be looking to get you to say something that will weaken your claim. Better to have an attorney of your own to spot these tricks that corporate lawyers will try to pull to reduce the compensation your receive.
Talk to a Lexington Slip-And-Fall Attorney you can trust to be on your side and fight for your rights as a victim of a giant company. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the compensation they’ll need to make a full recovery. To discuss your case, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, by clicking here to contact them online.