As one of the largest membership warehouse clubs in the United States, Costco provides a wide selection of high-quality merchandise at very competitive prices. The company operates more than 450 warehouses nationwide carrying a variety of products including groceries, electronics, televisions, automotive supplies, tires, appliances, furniture and more. The vast size of the retail warehouse along with the heavy crowds shopping at the facility throughout the week often make customers vulnerable to accidents including slips and falls, food poisoning and falling merchandise.
If you have suffered serious injuries while shopping at Costco, you might have the right to seek compensation through a premises liability claim. Under state tort law, premise liability refers to a complicated legal theory that property owners, managers and supervisors have the responsibility to ensure every lawful visitor is safe from harm while on the premises.
Elements of Successful Compensation Claim Against Costco
Your injuries likely entitle you to seek recompense for the injuries you suffered while at the store. However, Costco accident premises liability cases are complex. A successful claim for compensation will require that you prove three specific elements including:
- You have suffered injuries that can be corroborated by a medical doctor.
- Your injuries were acquired because of a hazardous condition or negligent action while you were at Costco.
- The manager, property owner or others were negligent in their responsibilities to ensure you remained safe while on the premises.
Because the accident was not your fault, it should not be your responsibility to pay for any injury you suffered that is caused by unsafe conditions or careless employees of Costco. However, you will be required to support your claim for compensation using medical records, eyewitness accounts, photographs and other evidence. Because of that, many victims of Costco accidents will hire a seasoned personal injury attorney who specializes in accident claims and lawsuits.
Frequent Injuries Sustained by Customers at Costco Stores
Due to the breadth of products and services offered by Costco, the company is exposed to liability on the part of injured customers when it provides services such as: auto repair, pharmacy, food products, merchandise and home repair services.
Nonetheless, the most common types of Costco accidents involve slip and fall incidences where customers suffer serious injuries including head and brain trauma, broken bones, dislocated hips, wrist injuries, spinal cord injury, lacerations, cuts, bruises and other serious harm. In many incidences, the victim will have to undergo various surgeries and therapies while taking dangerous prescription medications to manage the pain.
The elderly are especially vulnerable to serious health consequences and complications that occur from even a minor slip and fall incident. The most common accident injuries are the result of:
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Poor lighting
- Harsh weather conditions in the parking lot or entryway including rainy weather, built-up ice and accumulated snow
- Missing or broken stair railings
- Uneven surfaces
- Improper or negligent maintenance
Hiring a Lawyer to Prosecute an Injury Case Against a California Costco Store
Shopping at Costco retail stores should never involve a serious accident with devastating injuries. However, it happens all too often in their stores nationwide. Fortunately, a skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in premises liability cases can assist you in determining if you have a legitimate legal claim for compensation.
Our attorneys, working on your behalf, will gather all pertinent evidence indicating the neglectful actions of the property owner or management staff. By building a case, your attorney can ensure your eligibility for compensation to cover a variety of your expenses including:
- Hospitalization, medical bills, rehabilitation and physical therapy associated with your injuries
- Past lost income along with loss of your earning capacity in the future
- Property damage that might include torn clothing
- Intangible damages including the pain and mental anxiety you suffer because of the accident
- Funeral and burial costs in a wrongful death claim involving a Costco accident fatality
By building a case, Jimmie Kang Law Firm can prove to the claims adjuster or a jury in a lawsuit trial how Costco was negligent and responsible for your injuries. The attorney will demonstrate how the management at the retail establishment knew the hazardous condition existed, or should have known, but still failed in their ability to monitor and fix the problem.
Jimmie Kang Law Firm can assist you in determining the value of your claim. Our team of legal experts will file all necessary paperwork, negotiate directly with claims adjusters and present evidence to juries in a court of law. We accept California Costco accident cases on contingency to avoid the need of paying for immediate legal representation.
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