Almost everyone knows that Target is one of the most popular stores in the United States. Target has more than 1,800 locations nationwide! When you go to Target, you can find almost anything—clothing, electronics, housewares, pharmaceuticals, and groceries all under one roof. Unfortunately, if you experience a Target fall, you may also leave with a serious premises liability injury and a complicated legal journey ahead of you!
Target stores are prime locations for slip and fall and trip and fall injuries since the stores are so big and often understaffed. Target slip and fall accidents happen all the time—and receiving Target injury compensation is not easy for these victims.
If you are a victim of a Target fall, you need time and space to recover, both physically and emotionally. Consider working with an experienced personal injury law firm that will help you fight for the best Target slip and fall settlement possible.
If you were injured by someone else's negligence in a Target retail store, you should partner with a law firm that knows how to fight and win these claims. Our attorneys have been beating major corporations like Target at their own game for decades, so call us right now at 1-800-898-4877 or to discuss your case for free.
Take it from us—you may become more frustrated while trying to get paid for your injuries than by your injuries themselves. We’ve seen it happen, but we are here to share some SECRETS of Target store slip and fall injury claims that Target doesn’t want you to know! Let's get started...
SECRET #1: Target May Act Like It Cares... But It Does NOT
If you slip and fall in a Target store, chances are the manager will fawn all over you after the fact. It may seem like they care, but really the manager is trying to keep Target out of trouble. They may want you to fill out a Target incident report and tell them every detail about what happened—but be careful when doing so—and think about consulting an attorney first!
If you provide any details in this incident report that admits the slightest bit of fault (“I wasn’t watching where I was going” or “I may have been looking at my shopping list”), Target's lawyers and insurance adjusters can later use your OWN STATEMENTS against you. This store wants to avoid paying people for slip and fall and trip and fall claims, and they will make every effort to twist your words and blame you for your injuries.
SECRET #2: Target’s Insurance Company Cares About Target, NOT You
Big companies like Target carry insurance to cover customers who are injured when employees are negligent or careless. As a result, if you are hurt in a Target slip and fall, chances are you will deal with an insurance company representative very soon after your incident.
While these representatives try to seem polite and genuinely concerned about paying a Target slip and fall settlement to cover your losses, remember that their goal is NOT YOUR WELL-BEING. Instead, they care about one thing and ONE THING ONLY: how to minimize how much Target and the insurance company will have to pay. It can be hard to believe that companies would act this way to someone who was hurt while spending money in one of their stores, but trust us, they will do everything in their power to pay as little as possible!
SECRET #3: A Recorded Statement Cannot Help You, But It CAN Hurt You!
Insurance company representatives often ask you to provide a recorded statement regarding your accident. They’ll tell you that giving a statement is necessary or that it can help move the Target injury compensation process along. In some cases, they may even claim that the company has a “right” to obtain your side of the story before they even process your claim.
This is NOT TRUE! Before a civil lawsuit is filed, you have no obligation to give a recorded statement. In fact, saying anything "on the record" without an attorney can HURT your claim. The only reason that an insurance company wants to record your statement is for the chance that you may say something that it can use against you. The insurer doesn’t care about your side of the story, it just hopes you will say something that makes Target look better! For this reason, NEVER provide a recorded or written statement before talking to a lawyer.
SECRET #4: See a Doctor Even if You Feel OK at First
Slips and falls often cause serious injuries that typically mean trips to the hospital. Victims often face broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, dislocations, serious lacerations, and spinal cord injuries. Falls can also cause milder injuries that victims assume will simply resolve on their own without medical treatment, such as back or neck pain, cuts, scrapes, bruises, or bumps.
Here’s the thing though: Sometimes the injuries are worse than they appear at first, and sometimes they can even get worse over time. For this reason, everyone who was hurt in a Target slip and fall accident should see a medical provider right away. After a fall, a store manager may try to downplay your injuries or tell you that you seem fine. However, if you wait to see a doctor or don’t go at all, Target can try to use that as proof that you weren’t really injured! Protect yourself and head to the ER or an urgent care facility if you feel any pain after a slip and fall.
SECRET #5: Talk to a Lawyer, Even if You Think the Accident Was Partially Your Fault
If you were injured in a Target fall accident that was partially your fault, you might hesitate to talk to an attorney because you may believe that you don’t have a case. Target’s insurance company may also tell you that the fall was your fault, so you shouldn’t bother calling a lawyer because you have no right to a Target injury compensation claim.
What they won’t tell you is that in most states, personal injury law allows accident victims to recover partial payments for their injuries, even if they had some responsibility for the accident. For example, in a “comparative fault” state, if you were awarded $100,000 for a slip and fall accident, but you were held 10 percent at fault because you were texting with a friend when it occurred, you would receive $90,000 ($100,000 – $10,000 = $90,000).
Receiving partial payment is better than not getting paid at all, so ALWAYS talk to a lawyer before you believe anything the insurance company says. A dedicated personal injury lawyer will work for you so you can maximize your recovery.
Contact an Experienced Target Slip and Fall Law Firm to Protect Your Rights Today!
The attorneys of Trust Guss Injury Lawyers, are nationally recognized slip and fall and trip and fall premises liability lawyers who have protected the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If you were injured in a Target fall or an accident in any other store, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation!