Lawyer for a Slip and Fall at Kohl’s
On its corporate website, retail giant Kohl’s states that it has a “commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives.” While people in 49 states flock to the store for good discounts on national and exclusive brands, a Kohl’s customer will occasionally experience an injury in the store due to a slip and fall accident.
While slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability claim, seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of the injury is overwhelming for most people. If you were injured in a slip and fall at Kohl’s in Philadelphia, near Fort Lauderdale, or Atlantic City, an experienced slip and fall lawyer from The Levin Firm can play a crucial role in helping you obtain the compensation you need.
Kohl’s is a department store chain first opened in Wisconsin in 1962. By the time the company went public 30 years later, it had 76 stores throughout the midwest. There are now more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores throughout the U.S., offering customers clothing, accessories, and housewares.
With all that growth, Kohl’s should have more than enough revenue to keep customers safe in its stores. Too often, Kohl’s would prefer to pay shareholders and company executives than maintain safe premises—and when that happens, you can pay the price.
That’s why you need the Levin Firm—to ensure that Kohl’s can’t slip away, leaving you with a pile of bills and painful injuries. We can hold the corporation accountable for you, forcing it to pay for your accident-related expenses.
Hazards That Can Lead to a Slip and Fall Accident at Kohl’s
Kohl’s and other retail stores often contain hazards that, if not mitigated, could cause a customer to slip (or trip) and fall. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) noted that floors and flooring materials lead to more than two million fall injuries yearly. The issues with floors and flooring materials include worn or torn flooring materials, uneven floors, liquid or debris spilled on floors, and floors that have been freshly mopped or waxed.
In addition to flooring issues, other property hazards that can cause Kohl’s customers to slip and fall include:
- Merchandise or displays cluttering walkways.
- Electrical cords extended across walkways.
- Poor lighting in areas of the store, including around staircases.
- Potholes in the parking lot or damage to the pavement in the building’s entryway.
Common Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the NSFI, around one million people in the U.S. will seek treatment in an emergency department for injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents.
While slip and fall accidents are often regarded as minor incidents or frivolous claims, the injuries sustained can include traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that can lead to permanent disabilities and impair the sufferer’s ability to earn an income.
Bone fractures are also among the most serious injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents, particularly hip fractures, which are a major cause of death and disability for the elderly. Other bones commonly fractured in a slip and fall include bones in the arms and wrists from the sufferer instinctively attempting to catch themselves when falling. Fractured kneecaps are also not uncommon in slip and fall accidents.
Another injury that frequently occurs due to a slip and fall accident is soft tissue damage, such as injuries to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments caused by the body wrenching or twisting during the fall. This motion can also cause damage to the spinal vertebrae or discs, resulting in chronic pain and instability in the back.
For minor or frivolous injuries, slip and fall accident injuries can alter the sufferer’s life and result in significant expenses. Consider that the average ER costs in Pennsylvania are more than $1,600; in Florida and New Jersey, they top $3,000.
The NFSI reports that nearly a quarter of all slip and fall accident victims miss at least 31 days from work due to their injury. It is easy to see how the financial impacts of being injured in a Kohl’s slip and fall accident can quickly add up.
Who Is Liable for a Kohl’s Slip and Fall?
When a person becomes injured due to a slip and fall accident at a Kohl’s department store, liability for the injury most likely falls on the company itself due to premises liability. Premises liability refers to property owners or managers’ responsibility to ensure that their property is free of hazards that could cause injuries to guests. The company hires employees tasked with regularly inspecting the premises in search of unmitigated hazards.
When they find hazards, they must promptly repair them. An employee may mop up liquid spilled on the floor or report damage to floor tiles that pose a tripping hazard to customers. If a property hazard cannot be promptly repaired, employees must place prominent warnings and barriers to alert guests and prevent them from encountering the hazard.
Businesses are vicariously liable for the actions taken by their employee, including injuries resulting from the employee’s failure to mitigate hazards. Victims should report issues to management or the building owner or warn customers. Most victims file premises liability claims against retail companies’ property liability insurance.
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