If you need to fix something in your home, you might consider a trip to Home Depot. However, you’ll need to be careful. Home Depot can be a dangerous place. Thousands of customers are injured in Home Depot stores across the country every year. Falling merchandise and slick floors are often to blame.
Have you been injured while visiting a Home Depot store in Miami? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact Lavent Law, P.A. to learn about the benefits of filing a Home Depot injury lawsuit. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you recover the money you need and deserve.
Your first consultation is free, so do not hesitate to call our law firm for help today.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Assist You
If you’ve been injured while shopping at Home Depot, you’ll face an uphill battle trying to get the money you deserve for your injuries. Often times, you’ll be forced to deal with uncooperative employees when trying to get evidence to support your claim.
Another problem you’re likely to face is a lowball settlement offers. If you don’t have an attorney, Home Depot knows you likely lack the resources and legal knowledge to challenge their offer.
A Miami personal injury attorney at Lavent Law, P.A. has experience dealing with Home Depot accident claims. By hiring us, you will have an experienced legal team fighting on your behalf. If Home Depot is unwilling to make a reasonable settlement offer to compensate you for your injuries, we are prepared to take the matter to court to make sure you’re fully compensated.
Home Depot Has a Duty to Provide a Safe Shopping Experience
As a Home Depot customer, you’re considered to be a “business invitee” under Florida state premises liability laws. This means that Home Depot owes you a duty of care. The store has to make sure that it provides a safe shopping experience. Specifically, it must:
- Correct or warn you about dangers in the store that you wouldn’t discover while using ordinary care, and
- Maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition.
In other words, the store has to take steps to prevent you from getting injured while you’re shopping. If it knows about any potential hazards, it has to either fix them right away or at least provide a warning in the short term. Hazards should be identified early if store owners and management are regularly inspecting the premises.
Duty to Protect Extends to Third Party Crimes
Home Depot is open to the public. In theory, anyone could walk into the store. This includes individuals with the intent to commit a crime or cause harm. You shouldn’t have to worry about your safety when you’re shopping for renovation or repair supplies.
Under Florida state law, Home Depot has a responsibility to keep its patrons safe from reasonably foreseeable criminal activity. How can a big box store keep its customers safe? It can:
- Install surveillance equipment
- Provide lights in all parking lots and alleys, and
- Hire security personnel.
If the store fails to take steps to protect you from another person’s criminal activity, it can be held accountable for any injuries you sustain on their property.
Common Causes of Home Depot Accidents
Accidents at warehouse stores like Home Depot aren’t uncommon. In fact, there are thousands of warehouse store accidents every year. At least 400 of those accidents involve a fatality. Common causes of these accidents include:
- Wet or slick floors, particularly in the seasonal department
- Falling objects or merchandise
- Chemical spills
- Forklift operator error
- Overstuffed shelves
- Uneven surfaces
- Unsecured merchandise
- Falls, and
- Employee negligence.
High stacking merchandise is one of the leading causes of Home Depot accidents. The practice involves stacking heavy merchandise above the aisles where customers walk. In some cases, merchandise is stacked, without supporting shelves, as much as 20 feet in the air.
Home Depot Accident Injuries
An accident at Home Depot can inflict serious and debilitating injuries, including:
- Soft tissue injury
- Broken bones
- Burn injury
- Spine injury
- Brain injury
- Herniated disk injury
- Bulging disk injury
- Lumbar injury
- Catastrophic injury, and more.
Have you been injured while shopping at a Home Depot store in Miami? Call Lavent Law for help. Our attorneys will fight to get the money you deserve while you recover from your injuries.
Statute of Limitations for Home Depot Injury Cases
You’ll have a limited amount of time to demand compensation if you’ve been injured at Home Depot. Under Florida state law, personal injury claims must be filed no later than 4 years after the date of your accident. You can lose the right to recover money from Home Depot if you wait too long to take action.
Damages Available to Home Depot Injury Victims
An unexpected accident can cause significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. You shouldn’t have to struggle with the consequences of your Home Depot accident on your own. The company should be held accountable for the injuries you sustained on their property.
When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Our attorneys will fight to make sure that you get every penny you deserve. Call our Miami law firm today to get started on your Home Depot injury case today.
Were you injured while shopping at a Miami Home Depot store? You may have the right to file a lawsuit and demand compensation for your injuries. Call Lavent Law to learn about your legal options. Our attorneys will review your case and answer any questions you have. It’s important to act quickly, so don’t hesitate to contact our office today.