Home Improvement Store Injuries Lawyer in Indiana
Slip & Falls at a Home Improvement Store
Shaw Law Offices has handled dozens of slip and fall cases against home improvement stores such as:
- Home Depot
- True Value
- Ace Hardware
There are all types of home improvement stores -- some huge, national, multi-city, stores and small hardware stores owned by a Mom-and-Pop team of well-meaning, but sometimes overmatched individuals or couples. Because there are so many different types of hardware and home improvement store owners, there are different types of safety measures taken by each establishment.
Before you can recover anything for your injuries, you must 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 home improvement stores, 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
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 hire a local guy or local snowplow 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?
Contact us today to investigate your home improvement store slip and fall.
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