Office Depot is a chain of office supply stores owned by ODP Corporation, which also owns OfficeMax. Aside from office supplies, these stores are a great place to find school supplies, phone accessories, art and crafts products, and much more. People also come to Office Depot to use printers, scanners, make promotional products, and do many other things that are associated with business functions.
While you’re at an Office Depot, it’s quite likely that you will take advantage of the bathrooms on site. Unfortunately, some of these facilities are in poor condition, whether it’s from lack of cleaning or failure to repair broken fixtures, pipes, and appliances. As a result, people often injure themselves by falling down when they least expect it.
Were you injured from slipping on something while you were in a bathroom at Office Depot? You may have the right to file a store accident injury claim and receive compensation for your physical and mental injuries. To speak with a slip and fall accident lawsuit attorney, please contact the offices of DTLA Law Group.
How Dangerous is a Slip and Fall? “People fall all the time, What’s the big deal?”
This is a sentiment that many people have about slipping and falling down – until they experience one of these accidents for themselves. Slip and falls are associated with serious injuries, including hip fracture, spinal cord damage, brain injury, and nerve damage. To illustrate the damage that can be caused by slipping on something in a public bathroom, consider the following statistics by the Center for Disease Control:
- One out of 5 falls results in broken bones, head trauma, and other serious injuries.
- Slip and falls and trip and falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- More than 800,000 people are hospitalized on an annual basis from a fall-related accident.
- Falling down is responsible for over 95% of hip fractures, typically from falling down sideways.
Like any other commercial property, the bathrooms are a common source of injury when owners fail to keep up with cleaning and safety standards. People are in and out of these facilities all day long, and it’s easy for things like soap and paper towels to end up on the floor. Plumbing issues are another source of accidents, especially water from broken toilets and sinks.
The elderly and disabled are even more vulnerable to bathroom slip and falls. Accidents can happen in handicap stalls, where the placement of grab bars, toilets, flush controls, etc., must comply with standards set by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). If a store fails to comply with these regulations, it’s more than likely that someone will fall down while they’re in a handicap bathroom stall.
Can I Sue Office Depot for a Slip and Fall in a Store Bathroom?
Yes, you can sue for being injured at a store if you can prove that your accident was caused by negligence, either by the store owners, their employees, or both. Your right to sue is based on premises liability, which is a legal obligation where owners are required to protect guests and visitors from dangerous conditions.
Of course, there is no way for an owner to anticipate every source of injury on their property. But there are reasonable actions that anyone can take in order to minimize the potential for an accident. Essentially, a slip and fall claim against Office Depot will need to include the following elements:
- There was an unsafe condition on the premises, which the store failed to take care of (water on the floor, slippery or sticky tiles, failure to use Wet Floor signs, etc.).
- Due to the store’s negligence, you had an accident that resulted in one or more injuries.
- Your injuries caused monetary losses, which gives you the right to demand compensation from the store owner.
Keep in mind that this is only the foundation of a bathroom slip and fall injury lawsuit. Much more work is needed to assemble a solid case of liability against Office Depot and secure the payment you deserve as an accident victim. That’s where we can be of help, so contact us immediately if you got hurt from falling down in an Office Depot bathroom.
Average Value of an Office Depot Bathroom Slip and Fall Case
A slip and fall lawsuit isn’t just about recovering your medical expenses right after an accident. You can also receive compensation for wages that were lost during the recovery period. If you have serious injuries that compromise your ability to work, you may be entitled to future lost wages and medical costs. In addition, you may have the right to ask for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Many of the clients we represent receive around $75,000 to $2,500,000 for injuries from a slip fall or trip and fall. Your own case may be lower or higher based on the circumstances of your accident.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
As someone who was injured in a store bathroom, you have 2 years, starting from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the business owner. However, it’s important to start taking action on a claim as soon as possible. Keep in mind that lawsuits take considerable time to prepare – perhaps 6 or more months based on the severity of your injuries. It’s not uncommon for people to run out of time and miss the deadline for a lawsuit if they wait too long to imitate a claim. The slip and fall injury lawyers of DTLA are here for you day and night, so contact us and schedule a free case review.
Expected Timeframe to Settle a Slip and Fall Claim
The settlement process for a fall accident claim may be just a few months if the injuries are relatively minor, and the insurance company is willing to negotiate in good faith. But cases with serious to catastrophic injuries usually take longer, depending on the necessary legal actions. We estimate that most of these cases will take around 6 to 10 months from start to finish, as long as we are able to negotiate directly with Office Depot’s insurance company. If we need third party intervention from the court, it may be two or more years before you receive payment, either through a settlement or a jury verdict.
Contact Our Law Firm
For many people, slipping on something is the last thing on their minds when they stop by an Office Depot store. As a result of their injuries, they can end up with serious health issues, along with bills that they are unable to pay. That’s why the law allows you to demand compensation from negligent property owners, including major corporations.
Right now, you can speak to a lawyer with experience in slip and fall accidents and receive guidance on your rights and legal options. Our law firm has been representing store accident injury victims for many years, and we are more than ready to take on your case. We work with recently injured victims, as well as claimants with existing lawsuits. All you have to do is contact us and schedule a free initial consultation or free second opinion.
With the Zero Fee Guarantee we offer to all injury victims, we never charge upfront if you decide to hire one of our attorneys. Office Depot covers your attorney’s fees as a part of your settlement award. That means if we don’t win your case, you won’t be responsible for any legal fees.
If you’re ready to discuss your case with an Office Depot slip and fall attorney, please give us a call.