Accidental injuries can happen anywhere and it’s not unusual for
them to occur at a major store or business. For example, let’s say
that “Joanne” was shopping at a Publix one day and one of
the Publix employees was pushing a giant cart and knocked Joanne, age
80, down on the ground. Joanne broke her hip because of the force of the fall.
The manager at Publix filled out an incident report, Joanne’s daughter
called the police, and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene. After
receiving medical care at the hospital, Joanne learned about her fractured
hip, which will require surgery. Days after the accident Joanne received
a call from Publix’s claims department. Now she’s wondering,
“Do I need to hire a personal injury attorney or should I settle
with the insurance company?”
Claims Against Large Chains
Large stores like Publix, CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart deal with
premises liability claims
all the time, but this is NO reason to let their claims department handle a personal
injury case without the injured party hiring their own attorney.
Should Joanne hire a
personal injury lawyer? Yes, absolutely! In fact, Joanne should not speak to the claims
department until she involves an attorney. The goal of the at-fault party’s
claims department is to hurt the plaintiff’s case, not help it.
The department’s goal is to
pay out as little money as possible.
In order for plaintiffs to get results in claims involving major chains
like Publix, they have to get a personal injury lawyer on their side.
When people are injured at major stores and businesses because of an employee’s
negligence, they are entitled to compensation for medical bills, property
damage, and lost income – all of these are paid for by the store’s
insurance. Sometimes they’re entitled to pain and suffering.
If you were injured while visiting a major store, restaurant, amusement
park, or other large business, your personal injury attorney will handle
the entire claims process from the beginning to end. However, you need
an injury lawyer who has experience handling cases involving such large
chains – someone who is not intimidated by them.
Were you injured at a major retail store or business in Columbia, South
Carolina? If so,
contact our firm today for a free case evaluation!