Injuries at Big Box retailers are far more common than you might think. This is especially true for Big Box hardware stores such as Home Depot. Like other hardware retailers, Home Depot stacks its merchandise high. This can lead to accidents where you might be hurt at Home Depot because heavy merchandise falls or is dropped on a customer, causing injury. If a falling merchandise incident occurs as a result of the negligence of Home Depot or its employees, and you are hurt by the merchandise, you may have a valid personal injury claim against Home Depot. We recently resolved a case where a customer at a hardware store was struck by a sink that a store employee was retrieving. After significant litigation, our client received a six-figure confidential settlement.
Similarly, there are all kinds of other incidents that can cause a person to be hurt at Home Depot, including slip and falls. Home Depot sells a number of liquid and gel substances, any one of which can be spilled on the floor. If Home Depot employees caused the spill, or they fail to timely clean up the spill, and you fall and get hurt as a result, Home Depot can be found to be negligent.
Given all of the hazards of hardware stores, it is hard to categorize each kind of incident that may occur and cause personal injury. For example, in 2011 a man was severely hurt in a New Jersey Home Depot when a stock cart rolled down a hill and hit him, forcing him to have spine surgery. The cart had been knocked over by a wind gust. He argued that the cart was not properly secured by Home Depot employees and recovered a $975,000 verdict against Home Depot.
If you or a loved one is hurt at Home Depot, it is important to understand that the store is not always responsible. Sometimes injuries are caused solely by the negligence of a customer or some other person for whom Home Depot is not legally responsible. If, however, the injury resulted from the negligent conduct of Home Depot or its employees in not acting reasonably safe, you may have a valid claim. You should speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney regarding such claims, as it important to thoroughly investigate them. Unlike automobile crashes, there is usually no governmental investigation of incidents that happen at retailers such as Home Depot.
The North Carolina personal injury attorneys of Maginnis Law are experienced in handling complex premises liability cases. We can assist you in pursuing all damages resulting from a retailer’s negligence. Examples of some of the categories of damages for which you can recover include (1) past and future medical bills, (2) past and future lost wages, (3) past and future pain and suffering, (4) permanent injury, and (5) permanent scarring.
To speak with a Maginnis Law attorney regarding your Home Depot personal injury claim, call our lead personal injury lawyer, T. Shawn Howard, at 919.526.0450. You can submit the details of your claim using our contact page. All consultations for prospective clients hurt at Home Depot are free and, if we can assist you with your your case, we offer a contingency fee agreement whereby you pay no attorneys’ fees unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf.