Home Depot has become a go-to store across the United States for all home improvement projects. The stores sell large, heavy and sometimes dangerous tools and accessories for building. This can create a dangerous environment for customers.
The law firm of Estey & Bomberger works only in personal injury law and can represent you if you after an injury from a Home Depot accident. We have experienced, talented attorneys who have earned a 99% success rate. We work with passion and determination to give each client the best representation possible.
How Do I Know Who is at Fault?
The most important part of any personal injury case is determining who was at fault. Our attorneys are experienced at determining who the defendants are in a PI case.
Injuries victims sustain in a store like Home Depot fall into the category of premises liability. A store owner is required to keep the store in a safe condition for all customers. This includes checking the stability of structures and making sure products are stored securely to avoid falling merchandise. Employees must clean or repair spills and damages in a reasonable about of time, or there must be a clear warning sign for customers until the area is safe again.
The parking lot and other areas outside the store that is still on Home Depot property is also an area where they are liable. If no one cleared the parking lot or sidewalks of ice and snow and you slip, the store may liable for your injuries. Store management must rectify any condition that presents a danger to visitors to the property in a reasonable time. People who suffer an injury should report it to store management immediately with a description of where it happened and the extent of your injuries. If possible, take pictures of the area where you suffered an injury – both to show the management and as proof of negligence.
What Do I Need If I Want to File a Lawsuit?
Similar to other big corporations, Home Depot usually strongly contests cases of personal injury. First and foremost, you will need proof of an injury and that the injury was a result of Home Depot’s negligence. Medical proof comes from the medical report from the doctor you saw after the injury. It is important to show evidence that your injury resulted from this incident and was not a pre-existing condition.
Home Depot attorneys are likely to argue that it was at least partially your fault. This argument will often be that you were not paying attention when you fell or when merchandise hit you, therefore, you contributed significantly to the harm you suffered.
Home Depot Accident Case Example
In 2017, a middle-aged man suffered brain damage in a Home Depot. A Home Depot employee accidentally dislodged two metal boxes that fell on his head from about 8 feet up. The man was okay initially, but he realized the extent of his injuries later. He ended up having to undergo 60 neurological tests and suffered brain damage as a result of the incident.
Liability is very clear in this situation. If the employee had not accidentally dislodged the metal boxes, this man wouldn’t have suffered an injury. Home Depot admitted to being at fault but argued the brain damage the man suffered was not bad enough to award the requested $50 million. The two parties settled the case in a confidential agreement.
Home Depot Accident Law Firm in San Diego
Even if liability is clear, there are still arguments that Home Depot lawyers will make to reduce compensation. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a Home Depot, you need a law firm that knows all of these arguments and will be able to counter them. Contact the San Diego premises liability attorney team at Estey & Bomberger, LLP today! (619) 295-0035