For many people, a trip to Lowes or Home Depot is at best a neutral experience and at worst, an unpleasant (and often very costly) one. Unfortunately, for some shoppers looking to make progress on their weekend DIY projects, these mundane trips to the home improvement center can quickly become a nightmare when they suffer personal injuries on the store’s premises due to hazardous conditions created by the negligence of store employees or unreasonable management decisions. If you have been injured at a home improvement center, you may have a valid legal claim against the retailer because businesses that invite the public into their stores have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe.
Traumatic Personal Injuries at Home Improvement Centers are not Uncommon
The cavernous layouts and low staffing levels typical of most home improvement retailers can increase the likelihood that moisture on the floor goes unabated, creating the perfect conditions for a “slip and fall” injury. See $16.4M Verdict Drills Lowe’s in Slip and Fall Head Injury Trial. A quick read of popular online message boards indicates that the employees of these home improvement centers are fully aware that these stores tend to be “accident prone.” See What was the worst accident you ever witnessed working at the Home Depot? However, the hazardous conditions possible at these stores can go far beyond a simple slick spot in front of the bathroom, as Lowes/Home Depot is essentially a warehouse and lumber yard all rolled into one; made open to the public for 16 hours per day; and where the average employee earns only about $12.00/per hour. See Lowes Customer Forklift Accident. Below are just a few other examples of how traumatic injuries and hazardous conditions can occur at Lowes or Home Depot.
- A Home Depot customer injured her knee when her shopping cart tipped over after hitting a manhole cover obscured by water.
- A Lowes store employee drove a forklift into a customer that was standing in the checkout line.
- At Lowes, a load of landscaping pavers fell from the shelves and crushed a customer (Paver Avalanche).
- At Lowes, a board fell off the shelf and severely injured a store patron’s foot.
- A Woman fractured her skull after sipping on a “slimy, wet substance draining from the bottom of several planters” in the garden section of Lowes.
“Premises Liability” – How the Law Holds Commercial Retailers Accountable for their Negligence
Stores like Lowes and Home Depot can be held legally responsible for a customer’s personal injuries under a few different theories. The corporation may be liable if it created the unsafe condition by, for example, using an exceptionally slippery floor wax, maintaining inadequate illumination of shopping aisles that are regularly crowded with merchandise, engaging in “over-stacking” or other deviations from industry standard “safe stacking practices,” or by not ensuring that employees were properly trained to operate equipment properly (i.e. Forklift Fail). The company may also be liable where it knew of a hazardous condition, even if they did not create it, but failed to take steps to make it safe for customers.
If you have been injured on the premises of Lowes or Home Depot (either inside the store or outside in the parking lot) you may have a personal injury claim under either of these premises’ liability theories. Having a premises liability civil litigation lawyer evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case is the first step to take on your road to recovery.
The Experienced North Carolina Premises Liability Attorneys at the Maginnis Law Firm Are Here to Help You Achieve Optimal Results
For many people injured through no fault of their own, the first question they ask is “can I be compensated for the injuries I suffered.” See Jury Awards $1 Million Dollars to Woman Injured at Home Depot. Generally speaking, the answer to that question is yes, and several people injured at either Lowes or Home Depot and have recovered significant compensation for their harm. However, to make the most out of your case, the injured customer or employee usually needs an experienced accident attorney who can best gather witness statements and other supporting evidence relevant to the retailer’s negligence.
We know how stressful it can be when you have been injured and need to take on a large company like Lowes or Home Depot. Our firm offers free consultations and our attorneys will take the time needed to walk you through your case. We know what you have been through and will treat you with the respect you deserve. Use our web application to contact us today and we will get back in touch shortly. Contact Shawn Howard at Maginnis Law to speak with a NC premises liability attorney today if you or someone you know has been injured at Lowes or Home Depot. Shawn knows how to handle complex negligence cases and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Call Shawn directly at 919-480-8526.