Falling Merchandise at Big Box Stores
A "big box" store like a Walmart, Target or Meijer is a prime spot for slip and falls, trip and falls or falling merchandise injuries in Indianapolis or the rest of the State of Indiana.
At McKibben Shaw Law, we handled these types of claims and cases in Indianapolis and throughout the State of Indiana for over 30+ years now with amazing success.
Big box stores in Indiana -- like all stores that invite customers -- owe the highest duty of care to all persons invited on the property to shop. A formal invitation is not necessary. In fact, it isn't required that a customer actually "purchase" anything before the duty to exercise reasonable care by the corporation, business owner or land occupier/owner is met.
Common accidents include slip and falls on ice and snow in the expansive and massive parking lots or on sidewalks of these types of big box stores. Other accidents could involve slips and falls in entryways or aisles after mopping has occurred but before a warning sign is erected.
Even more common is the falling merchandise upon unsuspecting customers due to the stacking policies of inventory by the big box stores placing heavy items high upon shelves where customers sometimes reach.
McKibben Shaw Law knows how to gather store videos, witness statements and incident reports to help you present your best case of negligence against the big box stores. If the case requires litigation, we know the retail safety experts necessary to present opinions about the safety policies of the big box stores throughout the State of Indiana.
Although big box stores like WalMart, Target and Meijer are popular shopping locations, each is required to enact and follow proper safety rules and guidelines to ensure a safe environment for customers (and employees). Sometimes, we have discovered that these stores do not properly assign clear responsibilities or rules to the staff and employees, which can lead to a serious accident and injury for a big box customer.
For example, Meijer Stores has a policy of assigning all employees with the duty to watch entryways for accumulations of ice, snow and liquids that naturally occur when customers walk from wet or snowy outside conditions into a warm store. While this policy might seem adequate at first, we discovered that when "all" employees share the duty of observation, then it is more likely that no employee takes an active interest in seeing that clean floors and entrances are maintained (since each employee assumes somebody else will do the job). A much better policy is to have specific employees inspect the floors and entrances on a timely, frequent and periodic basis.
Additionally, big box stores like WalMart often place the plastic, yellow, triangular menu-sign warnings near entrances during all inclement weather days. Once again, while this policy might seem adequate and admirable at first, we discovered that placing warning signs at all times leads to customer inattention and injuries.
Sometimes, obstacles and merchandise be placed in the walkway creating an unwarned hazard for unsuspecting customers.
Falling merchandise is another common defective condition of the big box stores like Meijer, Target and WalMart as items fall off shelves from high perches due to overstocking and other dangerous policies.
In all of these cases, however, it is imperative that a person who is hurt understand his or her next steps. Unfortunately, retail slip and fall injury accidents are far too common and can have repercussions that affect the victim for many years to come. It is essential for someone who has been seriously hurt in such an incident to discuss the steps necessary to win their big box store claims.
As big box stores attract more and more customers in Indiana, it is imperative to find the right attorney with experience to handle the big box store lawyers.
In fact, WalMart has its own adjusting company (Claims Management Systems or "CMS") to handle injury cases on all of its properties throughout the United States, including Indianapolis and Indiana. It is common for CMS to call an injured person and take oral statements over the telephone to attempt to create defenses to any injuries that might occur.
WalMart, Target and Meijer hire the best defense attorneys in Indiana to defeat you and your claim.
McKibben Shaw Law has successfully prosecuted and won claims against all the big box stores for over 30+ years. He has attended seminars devoted specifically to winning claims against the big box stores and has developed his own "WalMart" policy of handling litigation claims and cases like yours.
The results speak for themselves. See our Verdicts and Settlements section of this website.
Call McKibben Shaw Law at (260) 909-8363 if you or a loved one have been injured by falling merchandise at a big box retailer.
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