So, you've fallen and injured yourself at Menard's. Now what do you do?
See "The 10 Steps You Need to Take to Win Your Case" above.
But, the most important of these steps is calling the right attorney.
Shaw Law Offices and Attorney Jeff Shaw has handled slip and falls against Menard's and home improvement stores in Indiana.
Before you can recover anything for your injuries, you must still prove that the business was "at fault." Figuring out whether the property owner is at fault for your slip and fall is done on a case-by-case basis by a court or jury. In most instances for customers on a business property, you must prove the landowner did not act reasonably by breaching its duty to you of being "careful" like a normal business or person would be after inviting you on its property to shop or browse.
For Menard's, and most grocery stores there are 4 typical instances how and where customers slip and fall or are injured:
- On the sidewalk or parking lot where snow and ice can accumulate
- Around where liquids are handled by customers and dropped, like milk and water aisles
- Heavy items that are stocked high where customers try themselves to get those items for purchase
- Near the entrances where outside wetness like rain and snow can be tracked inside by multiple customers
You'd assume that a home improvement store would have safe aisles and parking lots for customers.
After all, the employees and management doesn't have to travel far to find safety items such as melting agents or salt or snow shovels. These items can be found in the aisles where they sell the same to customers.
But, for some unknown reasons, these home improvement stores can have some of the shoddiest property management and safety-taking measures of all the retail industry stores in Indiana.
Attorney Jeff Shaw has handled dozens of slip and falls against these home improvement stores likes Menards, Home Depot, Lowes and others such as True Value and Ace Hardware stores -- both big and small -- in Indiana throughout the decades.
These cases involve both slip and falls in the parking lots outside and sometimes inside communal areas.
There are literally all types of home improvement stores -- some huge, national, multi-city, stores and small small hardware stores owned by a Mom and Pop team of well-meaning, but sometimes overmatched individuals or couples. And because there are so many different types of hardware and home improvement store owners, there are different types of safety measures taken by them.
Some of the huge national chains have their own internal employee/janitorial or snow/ice removal and maintenance crews. Some others hire big property managers to take care of safety during snowy and icy weather. Others merely hire a local guy or local snow plow company to come plow when snow accumulates to a certain level (usually most contracts call for a snow plow operator to come out when snow accumulates to 2 inches or more in the parking lots).
But they all have unique problems. For example, how can a parking lot ever been cleared or plowed correctly when customers have automobiles and cars on those same parking lots at all times of day and night?
Is it enough to simply hire a local guy or local company to come and plow parking lots?
The answers to these questions are difficult. Of course, a jury ultimately decides what is reasonable conduct to keep the property safe by the store owners or occupiers.
Oftentimes, these store owners have contracts with local snow plow companies to salt and plow snow and remove ice from the parking lots. A careful examination of these contracts is necessary to know whether the provisions were followed correctly or followed at all.
It's important to have an experienced slip and fall attorney review the snow and ice removal and maintenance contracts. Each of them are different. It's important to know if the contract with the snow plow company was adhered to or has inherent flaws that made the parking lot or sidewalks unreasonably dangerous for customers to walk upon.
Serious injuries can occur when somebody falls on ice. It's important to know how to proceed.
Shaw Law Offices has a network of nationwide snow plow expert witnesses and business/property management expert witnesses who can form and give an opinion as to whether the injury suffered was preventable.
Contact us today Toll Free at (855) DID-U-FALL / (855) 343-8325 to investigate your Menard's slip and fall.
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