Fort Lauderdale Home Depot Injury Attorney
Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States with more than 2,300 locations nationwide. While so many stores should mean that Home Depot safety policies are firmly in place and practiced carefully by managers and employees, customers and workers at Home Depot stores in and around Fort Lauderdale continue to suffer avoidable injuries. Given that Home Depot has so many dangerous and hazardous materials for sale that pose struck-by risks, in addition to being large stores in which slip and fall hazards might not be immediately recognized and remedied, Home Depot stores can be dangerous places to shop. If you or someone you love sustained an injury at a Home Depot location in South Florida, one of our experienced Fort Lauderdale Home Depot injury attorneys can speak with you today about filing a claim.
Common Accidents at Fort Lauderdale Home Depot Stores
Many different types of accidents can occur at Fort Lauderdale Home Depot stores, including but not limited to the following:
- Struck-by accidents when heavy materials such as lumber or shelving fall and strike consumers;
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents when slipping or tripping hazards exist in aisles and are not remedied quickly and effectively;
- Cut and laceration accidents caused by saws at woodcutting stations; and
- Collisions involving forklifts or other motorized vehicles transporting goods to Home Depot shelves.
When these accidents or other similar incidents occur at Home Depot locations, customers and workers can sustain serious and life-threatening injuries that may include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Broken bones, or fractures;
- Severe cuts and lacerations;
- Amputations; and
Unsafe Conditions at Fort Lauderdale Home Depot Locations
Home Depot stores have a duty to ensure that the premises do not contain unreasonable hazards that could cause injuries to shoppers. Accordingly, these stores need to ensure that heavy materials on multi-story shelves, such as lumber and home improvement materials, are secured safely so that they cannot fall and strike a customer walking down an aisle or a customer attempting to obtain an item on a shelf. Similarly, Home Depot stores must ensure that tripping hazards, such as extension cords or damaged flooring, are repaired so that customers do not suffer injuries in trips and falls.
It is important to know that Florida has a specific law concerning premises liability for businesses when a “transitory foreign substance” causes a slip and fall—such as a liquid spill in an aisle. In these situations, the Florida Statutes require that the injured customer prove that the Home Depot store had either actual or constructive knowledge of the transitory foreign substance in order to be liable. In other words, injured plaintiffs have a greater burden of proof in premises liability cases against Home Depot involving slips and falls caused by transitory foreign substances.
Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Home Depot Injury Lawyers Today
Were you injured in an accident while shopping at a Home Depot store? It is important to take steps as soon as possible to hold the retail store accountable for your injuries. An experienced Fort Lauderdale Home Depot injury attorney at our firm can assist you. Contact Boone & Davis today.