Texas Walmart Accident Lawyer

Walmart is a major retail chain generating over $600 billion in annual revenue thanks to its broad product range and competitive prices. But with foot traffic so high and growing each year, accidents inevitably occur.

Slip and fall accidents are a common risk, yet they can have a severe impact and derail an injury victim’s life.

If you’ve been injured in an accident at a Walmart store in Texas, you could recover compensation for your injuries and financial losses, including your lost wages and medical treatment. Our Texas Walmart accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and fight for rightful compensation.

At Patino Law Firm, led by U.S. Army Veteran and personal injury attorney Dr. Louis “Doc” Patino, we understand your challenges after an accident. Our award-winning firm is recognized for providing exceptional legal representation to clients across Texas. We’re dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

We offer a free, no-obligation case review and work on a contingency basis, so you will only pay legal fees when we win your case.

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What Causes Texas Walmart Accidents?

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents in Walmart stores. These accidents can happen for various reasons, including:

  • Recently cleaned floors
  • Spilled food or drink
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Cluttered aisles
  • Poor lighting
  • Defective or poorly maintained elevators, shopping carts, or equipment
  • Missing or broken handrails
  • Merchandise not being displayed safely
  • Cracks and potholes in parking lots
  • Ladders, boxes, and pallets in aisles.

Walmart owes a duty of care to customers and employees to maintain a safe environment, so any of these hazards can constitute negligence, which you must prove to recover compensation in a personal injury claim.

Holding Walmart Liable for Your Accident

If you’ve been injured in an accident at a Walmart store due to the company’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

Consider the following scenarios:

  • You catch your foot in a watermelon pallet and fall, causing a shattered hip injury.
  • Walmart fails to clean a buildup of lotion on an aisle floor, causing you to slip and suffer a herniated disc.
  • You suffer a knee injury after slipping on a puddle of water on the floor moments after an employee walks down the aisle and doesn’t warn customers, remove the spillage, or cordon off the area.
  • You suffer face, jaw, neck, shoulder, and back injuries after tripping over rocking chairs in an aisle-end display.

These are all examples of Walmart accident lawsuits filed by plaintiffs resulting in judgments for compensation:

  • Watermelon pallet slip and fall: $7.5 million
  • Lotion slip and fall: $220,000
  • Water spillage slip and fall: $525,000
  • Rocking chair slip and fall: $73,525.18 (the plaintiff recovered 75% of the $98,033.57 award under comparative negligence laws, worth $185,195.70 with inflation)

Walmart accident compensation payouts can vary widely. The reality is lawsuits are filed, cases argued, judgments awarded, and settlements negotiated with the retail giant every day, and we only tend to hear about the high-profile verdicts.

Many Walmart claims are denied, and just as many are settled outside of court, often stipulating that injury victims do not disclose the details to the media.

These facts underscore the importance of having an experienced Texas Walmart accident lawyer in your corner.

Walmart has a reputation for being aggressive in personal injury claims. In a traditional premises liability claim, you will deal with the third-party insurance company representing the company responsible for your accident. Walmart is unique — it manages and investigates claims through a company-owned subsidiary called Walmart Claims Management Inc. This means that you are not just dealing with a representative of Walmart — you are dealing with the company itself, and the adjuster assigned to your case has even more incentive to do all they can to reduce their liability, including trying to get you to admit fault or disclose other information they can use against you.

As a massive company with near-limitless resources, Walmart has teams of legal counsel, independent investigators, and medical experts on standby to challenge fair claims. To some degree, it can also freely pursue legal battles without much concern for reputation damage — Walmart dominates the market, and it knows it.

Holding Walmart accountable for an accident can be challenging, but the facts often win out. If you’ve suffered harm because of Walmart’s negligence, it’s your legal right to recover your losses, and no amount of smokescreens laid down by Walmart can dispute that.

What Compensation Can a Texas Walmart Accident Lawyer Recover?

Not every Walmart accident will result in a six-figure or million-dollar verdict — most will not — but they do happen, especially when victims need ongoing medical treatment for severe injuries, have chronic pain, or suffer strained relationships.

As previous Walmart lawsuits demonstrate, slip-and-fall accidents can cause many injuries, such as:

The physical, emotional, and financial toll of a Walmart accident can be overwhelming and affect you long after your physical injuries have healed. Every accident is unique, and the compensation you can recover depends on how the injuries sustained in your slip and fall accident impact you specifically.

Below, we explain the damages victims typically recover in an accident.

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Economic Damages

Economic damages are the tangible financial losses you’ve suffered. These damages have a definitive value, such as treatment costs provable with a bill or receipt.

Medical Expenses

You should not have to bear the burden of funding your medical care when another person or party’s negligence is why you need treatment. Sadly, many accident victims do not realize they are not responsible for paying medical bills and suffer bankruptcy or rack up debt to pay their medical bills. Some even avoid seeing a doctor at all and risk their injuries worsening or developing into life-threatening conditions because they cannot afford care.

You can recover compensation for all medical expenses related to your injuries, including hospital bills, emergency room costs, doctor’s visits, prescription medications, rehabilitation, surgery, and physical therapy. This sum includes medical expenses you have yet to incur, such as medication or ongoing physical therapy to rebuild muscle strength or function.

Lost Wages

Minor injuries can prevent you from working for several days or weeks, while severe injuries can mean you cannot work for months, years, or the rest of your life. If you can return to work, you might be unable to do your previous duties — such as heavy lifting if you have muscle weakness and chronic arm pain — and forced to accept a different, lower-paying role or look for alternative employment. A Texas Walmart accident lawyer can recover your lost wages, the income you will lose if you are still not back at work, and any lost income potential. We will work with economic and industry experts to calculate your future earnings and capacity, accounting for inflation and bonuses, promotions, and raises you would have received before your injury prevented you from returning to your duties.

Non-Economic Damages

If economic damages represent the verifiable costs of your accident, non-economic damages are intangible losses that do not have a fixed value.

Pain and Suffering

Injuries often cause physical pain that can be excruciating and prevent you from living your life. Pain can be temporary and ease as the injury heals, or it can be permanent, affecting you every day for the rest of your life.

This type of non-economic damages compensates you for the pain you’ve suffered and will continue to suffer.

But pain and suffering aren’t only physical. Walmart accidents can have a significant mental and emotional impact. A brain injury might cause cognitive damage or frequent mood changes, resulting in your relationships and friendships deteriorating. You might have anxiety or fear of suffering another fall, causing you to become withdrawn and reluctant to go about your daily routine. A physical disability can shake your confidence, cause frustration over limitations, or leave you embarrassed about relying on others for support.

Loss of Enjoyment

When your injuries prevent you from participating in hobbies or activities you previously enjoyed, you can recover compensation for the loss. You might have to give up sports or hobbies, or you might be unable to pick up your grandchildren or kneel to tend your garden.

Loss of Consortium

Loss of consortium is commonly recoverable in wrongful death claims — filed by an individual whose loved one has died in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence – but it is also a derivative claim made by a non-injured party (a spouse, parent, or child) when your injuries have impacted your relationship with your loved one.

A loved one might be entitled to loss of consortium if they must take on additional household tasks or responsibilities, become the breadwinner for the family, or are your full-time carer.

A loss of consortium claim also extends to parental guidance, spousal intimacy, and love and affection, whether caused by physical, cognitive, or emotional injuries.

Non-economic damages are subjective — it’s tricky to put a dollar amount to physical pain when it impacts individuals differently. Insurance companies usually calculate these damages by applying a multiplier to your fixed costs (economic damages) based on injury severity and its impact on your life. For example, a much higher multiplier will apply in your Walmart accident claim if you suffer permanent disability after a fall compared to a wrist fracture that heals without complication.

As a result, non-economic damages can be substantial.

If your Walmart accident case goes to court, a jury can also award punitive (exemplary) damages, intended to punish the defendant for their negligence, such as if the company showed utter disregard for safety.

Our Texas personal injury attorney is not afraid to take the fight to Walmart and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.

Call Our Texas Walmart Accident Lawyer Today

If you’ve been injured in an accident at a Walmart store in Texas, don’t wait to seek legal help. Our experienced Texas Walmart accident attorney can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

We will also handle the entire process, from investigating the accident, gathering evidence, and dealing with the insurance adjuster to working with the best medical and safety experts in Texas to support your claim and prove Walmart’s negligence. Our commitment is to protect your rights and recover the compensation you need to move forward, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

And, because we work on a “no fee until we win” basis, you can access the best representation without worrying about the cost.

Contact us today to schedule your free case review to see if you have a claim and learn more about what to expect during your claim.

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