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What Can I Do If I Slipped and Fell In a HomeGoods Store?

HomeGoods is the parent company that owns TJ Maxx, Sierra, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and Homesense, and a trip inside one of their stores searching through all of the different stock is always a good time – unless something goes wrong. The nature of these stores means they are great fun, but if the staff in the stores aren’t on top of things they quickly get messy and out of hand, and this is when accidents can occur.

If you are injured in a HomeGoods store through their negligence, it can cause your career, financial and daily life to suffer. Fortunately, state laws allow you to claim compensation from a negligent business if an injury occurs. It’s HomeGoods’s responsibility to provide their customers with a safe place to shop, and if that standard isn’t met you can seek compensation.

What Can Go Wrong at a HomeGoods Store?

Home Goods stores contain a huge range of products, and there are numerous possible hazards that could cause an injury. If this happens to you, it is likely due to their negligence.  Some of the hazards include:

  • Adverse weather causing the entryway or parking lot to be slick
  • Spills or puddles in the aisles that are not properly indicated or cleaned up promptly
  • Merchandise that has fallen off displays and racks and clothes left on the floor in dressing rooms
  • Sneakers tried on but not put away
  • Shelving, displays, and signage that is improperly constructed or placed
  • Ladders and other employee equipment left abandoned in the aisles
  • Loose carpet or damaged floor tiles
  • Inadequate lighting in the store or the parking lot
  • Faulty safety equipment that breaks upon use
  • Spilled paint, fragrances, soaps and cosmetics
  • Broken mirrors, vases, or other sharp products
  • Unsafe rugs, toys left out in aisles, knives not stored safely in homeware sections
  • Unsafe electrical equipment

Most of these issues can be solved and customers can be kept safe if employees are vigilant, but unfortunately, sometimes customers are put in difficult situations due to the store’s negligence.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries can be severe. If you had to take a trip to the doctor’s office or the hospital, you are likely in a position to sue HomeGoods for their negligent behavior. Below are some of the injuries you may have sustained:  

  • Head injuries like concussion, gashes and cuts, broken teeth, broken nose
  • Back and neck pain, including herniated discs
  • Arm, elbow, hand and wrist injuries, such as broken bones and sprains, cuts and gashes
  • Leg, knee, foot and ankle injuries, such as broken bones and sprains, cuts and gashes
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as torn tendons and ligaments

I Slipped and Fell at a HomeGoods Store… Can I Sue?

If you were injured on the premises of a HomeGoods store, you can certainly move forward with a personal injury claim to try and recover some of the costs associated with the strain caused by the injury. Read on below to learn more about pursuing a personal injury claim.

What Would a HomeGoods Personal Injury Claim Look Like?

Imagine you are browsing the aisles when you take a step and suddenly you slip – falling onto the hard floor, smashing your knee. You are left lying in a puddle of leaking shampoo in agony. This is the kind of situation that would be a legitimate personal injury claim.

In fact, the above scenario happened to a Californian woman in a Costco. She fell in a puddle of soap that had been overlooked by several of Costco’s employees, none of whom attempted to clean it up, and the accident left her with a shattered kneecap. The Costco organization was ordered to pay the woman $400,000 to cover her medical bills and the financial and emotional strain the injury caused.

What Kind of Claim May Not Succeed?

If the management can prove that they had no way of knowing about, or preventing an accident prior to its happening, the lawsuit may not succeed. For example, if you were walking upstairs holding onto a handrail and it suddenly broke off the wall causing you to fall back down the stairs, if the store could prove they were checking it regularly and there were no prior signs of stress, then the suit may not succeed because the store couldn’t prevent it.

What Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim Succeed?

You need to remember that HomeGoods has a legal team ready to combat personal injury claims, so it’s important you get a personal injury lawyer on your side to guide you through the necessary steps.

If you are unfortunate enough to sustain an injury there are a few things you can do to help your claim succeed.

  1. Make sure someone within the store makes a written report of your accident and gives you a copy.
  2. If it’s not too late, take pictures or the scene to show what had happened, and make sure your photos or video shows the hazard that caused the accident and don’t let any employees change clean the hazard until you’ve got your images.
  3. Make sure a doctor or medical professional documents your injuries

If it’s too late and you’ve already left the scene, make sure you get a personal injury attorney to help you as soon as possible. They will be able to act quickly and recover the store’s surveillance footage to help support your claim.  

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