Sam’s Club is a large warehouse store that sells bulk products. Customers go to Sam’s Club to find specialty items and deals, but they are often unaware of the potential dangers in the shopping environment. With its cement floors and heavily stocked shelves, Sam’s Club is prone to slip and fall accidents.
Why Choose The Champion Firm
Selecting the right lawyer can make the difference in getting the compensation you deserve after an accident. The Champion Firm understands the stress you’re facing and how best to support you after a slip and fall.
The Champion Firm difference:
- $90,000,000+ in personal injury settlements and verdicts.
- We negotiate a fair settlement or are prepared to take your case to court.
- We value communication and will always keep you updated.
What Causes Sam’s Club Slip and Falls?
Sam’s Club is a busy warehouse store with concrete floors, high shelves, a large inventory, and a lot of foot traffic. This can be a formula for slip and fall accidents. Some of the situations that commonly lead to a slip and fall accident include:
- Products that are unloaded and sitting in the middle of aisles
- Pallets of merchandise at the end of aisles
- Wet floors in high-traffic areas, especially during rainy weather
- Product spills that are not cleaned up quickly enough
- Failure to properly use “wet floor” signs after spills or mopping
- Electrical cords running across the aisles or walkways
- Rugs that are not flat on the floor
- Uneven walking surfaces
Injuries in Sam’s Club Slip & Fall Accidents
If you slip, trip, or fall on a concrete floor, your body will hit the ground or nearby objects with force. This can cause broken bones or fractures. Other common slip, trip, and fall injuries include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck and head injuries
- Sprained wrists and ankles
- Knee injuries
- Hip fractures
- Soft tissue damage
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
In the most serious slip and fall accidents, fatalities may occur. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls are the second leading cause of injury deaths for people 65 to 84 years old, and the first leading cause of injury death for those 85 and older.
Laws That Apply to Slip & Falls at Sam’s Club
When a person is injured on someone else’s property, that injury falls under Premises Liability law. In Georgia, property owners have a duty of care to their guests and customers to keep common areas reasonably safe. As such, Sam’s Club employees should be inspecting the store regularly to ensure that the business is safe for shoppers and free from any dangerous conditions or hazards.
Sam’s Club Must Uphold Their Duty to Customers
Under Georgia Law, Sam’s Club must exercise reasonable care to keep the store and the parking lot safe for its customers. This includes:
- Stacking items safely, especially on the overhead shelves
- Ensuring there is sufficient space in aisles
- Routinely inspecting and mopping floors
- Quickly responding to spills in aisles
- Keeping the entryways clear during inclement weather
Negligence in Sam’s Club Slip and Falls
For your slip and fall case to be successful in Georgia, you must prove that the owner of the business (Sam’s Club) had a duty of care to its shoppers, but was negligent in that duty. Because of Sam’s Club’s negligence in keeping the store safe, your slip, trip, or fall occurred.
In other words, you must prove that
- The store owed you a legal duty
- They were negligent in that duty
- Their negligence caused your accident
- The accident led to your injuries and other damages
It can be tricky to prove that Sam’s Club owed a legal duty. You’ll likely need evidence such as photographs, videos, and eyewitness statements to support your claims. You will also need to prove that Sam’s Club knew or should have known about the unsafe shopping environment.
Their employee’s actions (ex: spilling a product in the aisle) or inactions (ex: not keeping the front entrance dry) led to your injuries. Your slip and fall attorney may ask for damages including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What to Do After a Fall at Sam’s Club
If you’ve been injured after a slip and fall at Sam’s Club, you should act quickly to ensure your legal rights are protected and that you’ll receive the full compensation you deserve. Here are the first steps to take:
- If your injuries are serious, call 9-1-1 and request an ambulance for emergency medical treatment
- Take pictures and video of the scene of the accident
- Take photos of any injuries
- Get the contact information for any eyewitnesses
- Keep all medical records and bills
- Maintain records of wages lost and time missed from work
- Document how the injury has impacted your life and the lives of your family members
Marietta, GA Sam’s Club Stores
If your slip and fall accident occurred at a Marietta or other local Sam’s Club, please reach out to us.
Sam’s Club Will Try to Protect Themselves
Sam’s Club has a legal department whose sole focus is to reduce or eliminate liability in slip and fall accidents. If you’re injured in a Sam’s Club, an employee may ask you to complete an accident report and release of liability. Before you sign any of Sam’s Club’s paperwork, you should speak with a slip and fall attorney. The attorney will make sure your legal rights are protected.
Following the accident, Sam’s Club may also offer a quick settlement. These initial offers are typically low and will not cover the full amount of your damages. Before you consider this offer, be sure to speak with a slip and fall attorney who can advise you about your legal rights and compensation.
Why Consult a Lawyer
Sam’s Club is a large corporation, and its legal team will go to great lengths to either reduce or eliminate its responsibility in the slip and fall accident. An attorney can help your personal injury case by:
- Evaluating how much your case is worth
- Communicating with Sam’s Club’s legal department
- Helping you get medical treatment and taking care of other needs
- Filing a personal injury claim and lawsuit
- Taking your case to court if Sam’s Club refuses a fair settlement
How to Recover Compensation from Sam’s Club
In a slip and fall case, you can potentially recover:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Funeral expenses if a loved one dies due to their injuries
Sample Sam’s Club Cases
Thousands of slip and fall accidents occur at Sam’s Club locations every year. The following are examples of real-life cases involving Sam’s Club.
- A 30-year-old medical assistant slipped on a wet floor at a Sam’s Club and suffered a torn meniscus in her knee. Her doctor indicated she would likely need a total knee replacement. Due to the severity of her injuries, the case settled for $575,000.
- In 2012, a 72-year-old woman was struck by a flatbed cart loaded by a Sam’s Club employee. The accident caused permanent scarring, numbness, ongoing pain, and impaired use of her leg. A jury awarded the woman $1 million in the lawsuit against Sam’s Club.
Negotiating a Settlement vs. Suing Sam’s Club
While a quick settlement can seem appealing, it is not always the best option. Initial settlement offers are typically a lot lower than what you would need to cover your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. If Sam’s Club refuses to negotiate or make a fair settlement offer, your attorney may need to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Once your attorney files the lawsuit, they will obtain evidence and additional supporting information during what’s called the Discovery Process. This evidence will help prove that Sam’s Club and its employees were negligent and should be held liable. After the Discovery Process is completed, the attorney will begin preparing for trial. Sam’s Club may still try to make a settlement offer at this time. Many personal injury cases do settle before they make it to court.
Proving Sam’s Club Was Negligent is Key
The key to a successful slip and fall claim is proving that the other party (Sam’s Club) was negligent. In other words, your slip and fall attorney will show that the company had a duty to protect its customers, but failed in that duty.
Your attorney will point to actions that any reasonable, responsible party should have taken, such as keeping the entryway clear, mopping up a spilled product, or carefully stacking the overhead shelves.
Your slip and fall attorney may also need to obtain records from Sam’s Club, which can be a challenge.That’s why it’s important to work with an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in slip and fall cases.
Sam’s Club Slip & Fall FAQs
What If I Fall in the Sam’s Club Parking Lot?
Sam’s Club is responsible for keeping the entire property safe, which includes the parking lot. If Sam’s Club fails to keep the parking lot safe, and you’re injured in that area, the company could be held responsible.
How Long Does It Take to Settle with Sam’s Club?
Premises liability cases like slip and fall accidents can take anywhere between a few months to several years to conclude. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident and whether you have to take the case to court.
The Champion Firm has the time and resources needed for these types of cases, and we are prepared to be your support team and best advocates.
What If an Employee Said It’s Your Fault?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident at Sam’s Club, the company will try to reduce or eliminate its liability in the accident. A Sam’s Club employee may even say that the accident was your fault. This is where an experienced slip and fall attorney can help.
The attorney can communicate with Sam’s Club on your behalf, advocate for your legal rights and compensation, and gather any evidence to support your case.
Contact The Champion Firm
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident at a warehouse store like Sam’s Club, it’s important to have an experienced attorney working on your case. Reach out to one of the slip and fall attorneys at The Champion Firm at (404) 596-8044. We offer free initial consultations.