Home Depot has over 2,000 stores located across the country, making it one of the largest retail stores in the U.S. selling home improvement and construction materials. Like other large retail stores, Home Depot employs hundreds of employees and is visited by thousands of customers daily. Not surprisingly, Home Depot faces more than its fair share of lawsuits by customers injured because of the negligence of the company and its employees.
Retail stores have an obligation to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn customers of any potential hazards or dangers.
Home Depot has been the subject of a number of injury lawsuits. This doesn’t necessarily mean Home Depot is an unsafe store. In fact, most large retailers face numerous injury lawsuits every year. The reason for this is because they employ hundreds of employees. While most employees are likely well trained, it only takes one negligent employee to cause an accident.
Recent injury lawsuits against Home Depot help to illustrate the different type of circumstances that may lead to an injury while visiting the retail store.
In 2013, a California jury awarded a woman $624,472.45 after she was injured while visiting a Home Depot. The 27 year old woman was injured when a palm tree for sale fell and struck her upper back and left shoulder. After a year and a half of conservative therapy, surgery was recommended. The woman decided to continue the conservative treatment and not undergo surgery, therefore, requiring future medical expenses.
In another case, a 44 year old man was in a Home Depot parking lot waiting for a propane delivery when the wind dislodged a stocked cart. The cart rolled down hill, hitting the man. The man suffered a back injury requiring laminectomy and had a partial vertebral fracture. He sued Home Depot and a jury awarded him $975,000.
Common lawsuits against Home Depot arise from:
- slip and falls;
- negligent security;
- excessive force from security; or
- defective products.
Injury lawsuits against Home Depot seek compensation for damages incurred by the injured person. These damages may include:
- medical costs;
- future medical costs;
- lost wages; and
- pain and suffering.
Our law firm handles Home Depot injury lawsuits from across the country. If you or a loved one was injured while visiting Home Depot, contact our office immediately.