As one of the largest big-box home-improvement retailers in the nation, Home Depot operates more than 2000 stores in the U.S. The company sells construction and home-improvement materials to assist home owners in building and fixing their properties. The retailer offers some of the widest selections of home-improvement goods at highly competitive prices. However, because of their sheer size, enormous square footage, precariously stacked merchandise and filled aisles, they often face lawsuits and claims by customers suffering serious injuries caused by negligence inside the store.
Customers expect to remain safe from harm when shopping inside a Home Depot or entering and exiting the retail establishment from the parking lot. The property owner, business owners and managers are legally bound to maintain the premises to ensure it remains reasonably safe. When hazards appear, they are duty bound to warn the customer by placing barricades and signage to keep others away from the danger. When injured in a Home Depot accident, many victims will file an Illinois premises liability lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.An Unsafe Condition Resulting in an Injury to a Customer at Home Depot
If an unsafe condition injures a customer or employee on Home Depot property, the business can be held legally liable. However, to win compensation through a successful claim or lawsuit, the victim must show how an unsafe condition inside or outside the retail establishment directly caused the injuries. This is why many injured victims will hire a reputable personal injury attorney who specializes in Home Depot accident cases.
In order to be successful in an injury claim against Home Depot, Illinois law requires a person prove the following:
- Home Depot was aware that a dangerous condition existed but still failed to correct or rectify the problem
- Employees or management at Home Depot created a dangerous condition which directly caused the injury
- The retail establishment never took proper measures to fix the problem or post signage that indicated a dangerous condition existed
Furthermore, under Illinois premises liability law, Home Depot and other big-box home-improvement centers cannot allow a hazardous condition to exist without performing some type of remedy to correct it. When they fail in their abilities to maintain a safe environment and an individual suffers injuries, the victim in the case has the legal right to seek recompense under premises liability laws. The most common types of injuries that occur to customers and employees at Home Depot home-improvement centers include:
- Slip and fall injuries occurring on unmarked slippery or wet floors
- Slip and fall accidents occurring from accumulated sawdust on the floor
- Negligence by a forklift operator who is often not certified to operate the machinery
- Securing and storing overhead items improperly
- Failing to keep the sales floor clean and free of debris, spilled liquids and loose materials
- Injuries caused by falling display merchandise
- Slip and fall injuries at the stores entrance or the parking lot due to slippery, snowy and icy conditions
The large retailer handles a number of injuries occurring at Home Depot centers every year. Their legal department has skilled claims adjusters experienced in “lowballing” the true value of a claim, especially when individuals represent themselves. Because of that, many victims will hire a skilled personal injury attorney.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can build the case for compensation by gathering evidence, obtaining in-store security video recordings and speaking to eyewitnesses. The lawyer will comprehensively investigate the accident, value the claim and seek recompense to cover the victim’s medical bills, lost earnings, the loss of capacity to earn a living, pain, suffering and property damage.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have extensive experience in seeking compensation for victims suffering injuries or surviving family members who have lost a loved one in an Illinois Home Depot accident. Our legal team accepts these types of cases on contingency, meaning if we do not settle your case out of court or win your lawsuit, you owe us nothing for our legal fees.
Contact our legal team today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your initial, no fee consultation. Our firm can evaluate your case and help you file all the necessary paperwork before Illinois' statute of limitations concerning your claim expires. Our lawyers can help you seek justice to hold those responsible for your injuries legally accountable for their negligence. Our team of legal representatives are here to help you today.