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Florida Wawa Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

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When visiting a Wawa store, the last thing you expect is to walk away (or get carried away) with an injury. Sadly, the stories you see on TV commercials and radio adverts are true. Every year, thousands of people get injured at Wawa and other commercial premises. Whether popping in for some gas or milk, a simple trip turns into an adventure to the hospital and medical care for several weeks.

If you’ve been injured at a Wawa convenience store, the first thing to note is that you may be entitled to compensation. If the company and its staff were negligent, you could receive compensation for your damages. Don’t worry, you’re going to learn everything you need in this guide!

About Wawa

In truth, Wawa has quite a unique history because it has changed course a few times over the years. Originally, it was an iron foundry, and the name was first used way back in 1803. Moving with the times, this lasted 90 years before entering the dairy farming industry. Soon after, it launched food markets for the locals.

Not wanting to stand still for too long, Wawa eventually moved into convenience stores and now it’s thought to have over 800 stores across the United States. In 2017 alone, the company made revenue of between $10 and $11 billion. At many of the convenience stores around the country, Wawa also has fuel services.

When looking at these numbers, the first thing people think is that it’s impossible to win compensation. Due to the sheer size of the company, lots of innocent victims don’t claim after experiencing an injury. We’re here to tell you that compensation is achievable and obtainable, regardless of Wawa’s apparent size.

With many high-quality Florida accident attorneys, it’s hard to know which will best represent your needs. At The Injury Firm, we will help compile a strong case against the appropriate Wawa convenience store. After a free consultation, we’ll talk to witnesses, gather evidence, and start working towards recovering damages after a slip and fall accident.

Dealing with a Slip and Fall Accident in a Wawa

Although you might not think it possible, some people harm their compensation case while still at the scene. For example, they fail to file an accident report or tell staff that their injuries aren’t serious. As soon as you do this, it’s harder for slip and fall accident attorneys to find success on your behalf.

Though each case is different, there are some things you can do that helps with all Wawa slip and fall accidents. Firstly, report the accident to a member of staff and get the appropriate medical care. While some people are well enough to visit a doctor, others will need emergency attention. For instance, the latter may apply after hitting a sensitive area like the head during a slip and fall accident.

Before leaving the store, make sure the manager is aware of the accident and files an incident report. Later, this will prove the seriousness of the accident and removes some of the wiggle room that some use to absolve themselves of blame.

If possible, take pictures and gather evidence while still at the Wawa convenience store. Of course, not everybody can do this after an accident. However, it’s useful if a friend can speak with witnesses, take pictures the hazard, and even take a video.

From here, it’s all about getting medical treatment and contacting slip and fall accident attorneys. Sometimes, adrenaline hides injuries so you must see a doctor as soon as possible. Not only will doctors highlight potential injuries, but they also offer documentation that proves useful later.

Potential Hazards

Earlier, we mentioned that many Wawa convenience stores also have fuel services, and this presents additional hazards and risks for customers. Those who have never experienced a slip and fall injury often can’t imagine how one would occur, but many risks cause issues for customers.

A common example is falling or slipping on a spilled liquid, fallen products, foodstuffs, or another substance. In the store, the floor could have been recently waxed with no warning for customers. Alternatively, it might be rain tracked inside by people entering and leaving the store. If the surface is wet, stores should provide customers with sufficient warning.

Gas stations sometimes have to deal with greasy surfaces and obstacles on the forecourt. If somebody spills gasoline or diesel, it presents a risk until a member of the Wawa team spots it and clears it up.

Other potential hazards include repair work inside or outside of the store, uneven flooring, upturned rugs and carpets, damaged stairs, lack of lighting around the building, etc.

Potential Injuries

With so many different hazards, it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that slip and fall accidents have the potential to cause a multitude of injuries. At one end of the spectrum, some people suffer cuts, bruises, lacerations, sprains, strains, and small injuries. At the other end, the damage extends to spinal cord injuries, head damage, neck injuries, brain damage, and broken bones.

As mentioned previously, some people are unfortunate and hit their head on the way down after slipping. Convenience stores have all sorts of hard surfaces from railings to shelving - banging one’s head can cause concussion and serious brain damage. Outside, victims can hit their heads on gas pumps or even the concrete flooring.

No matter your injury, we recommend getting in touch with The Injury Firm’s experienced and passionate Florida accident attorneys. Sadly, some people will be reaching out on behalf of loved ones. If a partner or child had died or is in a coma, contact us as soon as possible and we’ll get to work on your case.

Personal Injury and Premises Liability Lawsuits

After a slip and fall accident at a Wawa, you might wonder whether or not you have a case. The best advice that we can give is to contact the knowledgeable team at The Injury Firm because we can discuss your case in a free consultation.

For a case to be successful, you need to have a strong foundation of facts. Firstly, that Wawa had a duty of care towards you. Secondly, that the staff and team failed in this duty of care. Thirdly, that the failure caused your injury. Fourthly, that there’s a direct relationship between the incident and your injuries. If we can prove all four of these facts, you could walk away with a healthy compensation package.

With premises liability cases, certain rules govern Wawa and will help after a slip and fall accident. For example, the aforementioned duty of care means that all employees contribute to keeping the environment free from hazards. If there’s a gas spillage, for example, Wawa has a responsibility to spot the spillage and deal with it in good time. If it’s left for many hours, Wawa cannot use the excuse that it wasn’t aware of the spillage because it should have been aware.

Likewise, the same applies to damaged staircases and upturned rugs that have been present for many days or weeks. The longer the negligence, the easier it becomes to obtain compensation because your accident was preventable.

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Damages After a Slip and Fall Accident in Wawa

Another common question for victims after an incident in a Wawa convenience store regards the size of a potential compensation package. What can you expect to receive in compensatory damages?

Unfortunately, you’re not going to see us talk about specific monetary amounts in this guide because this would actually hinder more than it helps. Ultimately, the compensation you receive depends on the circumstances of your accident. Compensation is designed to refund people for medical costs, lost wages, and other damages after an accident that wasn’t their fault.

Somebody who experienced cuts and bruises won’t be entitled to as much compensation as somebody with brain damage. Also, we should note that damages are often split into two categories:

  • Economic - These are tangible losses resulting from a slip and fall accident such as lost wages, medical bills, and the cost of rehab. All of these losses have specific dollar amounts and can be proven through paychecks, medical bills, and other documentation.
  • Non-Economic - On the other hand, these are damages with no fiscal amount attached. Even though the damages are clear, there’s no way to point to a single figure (this is why the amount is often debated during settlement negotiation or chosen by a judge). Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.

In serious cases, victims seek punitive damages. Rather than for compensatory purposes, these are designed to punish the guilty party for extreme negligence or reckless action. With gross negligence, the idea is to punish the company/individual and set a precedent to warn others.

Importance of Florida Accident Attorneys

You might wonder why you need to contact slip and fall accident attorneys and the truth is that there are too many pitfalls and potential mistakes to risk going it alone. Without legal representation, you might fall into one of these pitfalls and seriously affect your chances of recovering compensation.

Especially with a known brand like Wawa, the company has been in business for over 200 years and knows how to deal with slip and fall cases cleverly. Together with insurance adjusters, company representatives could try to make you shoulder some of the blame. They could say that you were wearing inappropriate shoes or acting irresponsibly. It’s difficult to know how to deal with such claims without experience by your side.

Alternatively, Wawa might claim that you weren’t injured at all. This might seem like a strange one as you glance down to the injured area and clearly see the damage. However, the lawyers may claim that you experienced the injury elsewhere or that you’re claiming that it’s more serious than reality.

If nothing else, this goes to show the importance of getting medical attention as early as possible and reporting the accident with the company while still on the premises. As long as you have the incident report and medical documentation, there’s little the insurance company or Wawa convenience store can say. All the pertinent details are clear to see and the fact that you sought medical attention and reported the incident shows that it was indeed a serious one.

Finally, one of the tactics that some insurance adjusters and company representatives use is delaying compensation. They hope that, by ignoring your calls and holding off on making a decision, you’ll give up or accept a lower settlement. Of course, you’ll have The Injury Firm by your side, and we know how to deal with these sneaky insurance techniques. If you were injured by the negligence of a Wawa store or worker, no technique or tactic will put us off. We won’t give up until we’ve achieved the compensation appropriate for the accident in question.

Soon after your accident, you might receive a call from an insurance adjuster. Although they might seem friendly, their aim is to get you to admit blame and reduce the required compensation. Therefore, we recommend speaking with slip and fall accident attorneys before anyone else.

Summary

Every year, many people experience injuries at commercial premises (where you think that accidents are almost impossible!). Unfortunately, victims are left trying to find the money for medical bills and other associated costs while also dealing with reduced income. At the same time, they’re recovering from an injury, trying to raise a family, and under all sorts of other pressure.

After Wawa slip and fall accidents, let The Injury Firm help you and your family. We’ll ensure that your case contains existing and future costs so that you aren’t left needing more compensation in the future. As Florida accident attorneys, we’ll gather evidence, speak to witnesses, protect your legal rights, negotiate with insurance companies, and take your case to court (if no respectable settlement is agreed).

Contact The Injury Firm for a free consultation today!

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