Walmart Slip and Fall Injury Claims in South Carolina

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The largest retailer in the U.S. and the world, Walmart Inc. has 11,484 Walmart Supercenter, Neighborhood Market, and Sam’s Club locations. Out of its stores, 4,753 Walmart branded locations and 599 Sam’s Club locations are located in the U.S. There are a total of 123 Walmart retail locations in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach has two Walmart Supercenter stores and four Neighborhood Markets, and there are a total of 16 Walmart stores within a 30-mile radius around the city. Walmart reports that almost 265 million people around the world visit its stores each week.

With the popularity of this retail giant, you have likely shopped in a Walmart Supercenter, Neighborhood Market, or Sam’s Club location recently. When people slip and fall in a Walmart location because of the store’s negligence, they may have legal rights to recover compensation. The Lovely Law Firm can evaluate your case and talk about the legal remedies that might be available. We offer free consultations and only get paid if you win. It is important to act quickly after a slip-and-fall accident at Walmart since the statute of limitations for filing claims is only three years.

What types of injuries result from slip and falls in Walmart?

While slip and falls are fairly common types of accidents, they can cause serious injuries or fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that millions of Americans are injured in slip and fall accidents each year, and elderly adults are especially at risk. More than 3 million older adults are treated for injuries sustained in slip and falls each year, and an estimated 30,000 die from their injuries. Some of the common types of injuries that people sustain in the slip, trip, and fall accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Head and brain injuries

Many people who slip or trip and fall at the same level suffer fractures to their extremities, including their hands, wrists, and arms. Hip fractures are also a very common type of injury that can happen in slip and fall accidents. People who fall from heights may suffer skull fractures, leg fractures, back fractures, and others. Neck and back injuries in slip and falls can include broken bones, bulging discs, herniated discs, and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries may leave people with permanent paralysis. Head and brain injuries in slip and falls can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries that leave the victims with permanent disabilities. When people suffer slip and fall accidents in Walmart that result in injuries, they may be able to hold the retailer accountable if their accidents were caused by the negligence of the stores’ operators, managers, or employees.

How and where do people slip and fall in Walmart?

People can slip or trip and fall because of many reasons while they are shopping at Walmart. These types of accidents can happen both inside and outside of the store. Some of the common causes of slip and falls at Walmart include the following:

  • Wet floors
  • Unsafe entryways
  • Unsafe shelves
  • Pavement and sidewalk problems in the parking lot
  • Merchandise left out in aisles by stockers

The floors inside of Walmart can be wet for several reasons. Customers might spill liquids from their drinks or from groceries that they are buying. If a spill is not discovered within a reasonable amount of time and cleaned up, people who slip and fall may have grounds to file claims. Walmart has a duty of care to keep its premises reasonably safe for its customers, and a part of this duty includes the duty to inspect the premises to find problems regularly. In a slip and fall involving a spill, the store’s inspection logs and video may be important to establish how long the spilled liquids remained on the floor before the accident.

Floors may also be wet from people tracking in water from snow or rain outdoors on to the floors inside of the store. Like inspecting to find spills, store operators are expected to inspect to find areas where tracked-in snow or ice presents a hazard to customers and clean any wet areas that they find. Floors can also become wet because of leaks or when the employees mop them. If an employee mops the floor, the area should be marked to alert shoppers that it is wet so that they can take steps to avoid falling.

Entryways can be hazardous when people track in snow or ice from outside. They can also cause slip and falls when the entryways have torn floor mats. Improperly stocked shelves can also present dangers that can lead to slips and trips or falls. Merchandise can fall and cause people to trip or slip in the contents if bottles break. Employees that are tasked with stocking the shelves can also create hazards when they leave merchandise out in the aisles unattended. Finally, slip and fall accidents can also happen outside of the stores because of broken areas of pavement or sidewalks or ice and snow that have been allowed to accumulate.

What should you do if you slip and fall at Walmart?

If you slip and fall at Walmart and are injured, there are several things that you should do to preserve your claim. Make sure to document the scene by taking photographs. Report your accident to the store’s manager, and write down the names and contact information of any witnesses. Do not give a recorded statement to the claims handler for Walmart. You can politely tell them that you want to talk to a lawyer before you will provide a recorded statement.

Make sure to seek prompt medical attention. Some types of injuries may not show immediate symptoms. You should see your doctor for a full medical examination to get properly diagnosed and to ensure that you receive the treatment that you need to recover from your injuries. Make sure to save the clothing and shoes that you were wearing at the time of your accident. Store them away, and do not wear them again until after your claim is settled. Finally, call The Lovely Law Firm to schedule a consultation.

Get help from The Lovely Law Firm with your Walmart slip and fall

Trying to go up against Walmart on your own is difficult. Walmart has vast resources and is prepared to fight claims that are filed against it. Working with an experienced attorney at The Lovely Law Firm can help you to ensure that the investigation will be completed properly and that the relevant evidence will be preserved. To learn more, contact us today to schedule a free consultation by calling us at (843) 281-7452. We do not charge legal fees unless we win.

Walmart stores located in and near Myrtle Beach

Walmart Supercenter #2712
541 Seaboard St.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Walmart Neighborhood Market #2870
3915 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Walmart Neighborhood Market #5367
1705 South Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Walmart Neighborhood Market #5923
3650 Walton Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC
Walmart Neighborhood Market #2887
125 Maryport Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC
Walmart Supercenter #574
2751 Beaver Run Blvd.
Surfside Beach, SC
Walmart Supercenter #4664
151 Myrtle Ridge Dr.
Conway, SC
Walmart Supercenter #643
10820 Kings Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Walmart Supercenter #5705
545 Garden City Connector
Garden City Beach, SC
Neighborhood Market #3442
11980 Highway 17 Bypass
Murrells Inlet, SC
Walmart Supercenter #586
2709 Church St., Ste. A
Conway, SC
Walmart Supercenter #5087
550 Highway 17 N
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Walmart Supercenter #625
1310 N Fraser St.
Georgetown, SC
Walmart Supercenter #1767
4540 Main St. B 3079
Shallotte, SC
Walmart Supercenter #1829
305 Commerce Dr.
Marion, SC
Walmart Supercenter #1268
200 Columbus Corners Dr.
Whiteville, SC

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