Brian White | April 17, 2018 | Slip and Fall
Attorney Brian White stands up for the rights of those in Houston who suffer injuries in slip and fall accidents at Costco. With over a decade of experience in personal injury law, he has the knowledge to protect clients’ rights and get you the compensation you deserve after your accident.
Costco is a big box warehouse store that requires the purchase of a membership for customers to shop at its locations. The city of Houston reports there are three Costco locations there. If you suffer an injury at Costco, Brian White is the attorney you need to pursue compensation on your behalf.
Beware of Friendly Insurance Representatives
Immediately after your injury, store personnel will express great concern on your behalf and treat you with a great deal of courtesy and concern. Soon after your accident, a representative from Costco’s insurance company will contact you. The representative will likely be very friendly and imply a desire to help you get your medical bills taken care of in a prompt manner.
Unfortunately, many people forget that Costco employees and insurance representatives do not have your best interests at heart. Their chief concern is to protect Costco by minimizing the compensation they must pay you or denying your claim entirely. They may attempt to stonewall and delay getting back to you, intimidate you, suggest the accident was your fault, or in many other ways attempt to keep you from pursuing the compensation you deserve. The first thing to keep in mind when dealing with Costco representatives after your accident is that they are not your friends and are not looking out for your interests.
What If I Was Partly at Fault for the Accident?
A favorite method for discouraging slip and fall accident victims from pursuing compensation is to place blame for the accident on the victim. Perhaps you were looking at your cell phone as you were walking and did not notice the wet floor in front of you. Or perhaps you were focusing on your shopping list and didn’t see the trip hazard in your path. Maybe your shoes were not slip resistant. However, unless you were unreasonably negligent in causing your own accident, the law entitles you to claim compensation.
A modified comparative negligence rule governs Texas law. This means that even in cases where you are partly responsible for your accident, the law entitles you to seek compensation for your injury. As an example, if your phone distracted you while walking, causing you to fail to notice the wet floor in front of you, the court might find that you were 20% responsible for the accident. If your total damages were $100,000, the court would reduce your compensation by the 20% you were responsible, making you still entitled to $80,000. Do not allow anyone to intimidate you into believing you don’t deserve compensation simply because you were partly responsible for an accident.
Protect Your Rights
Immediately after your accident, notify Costco personnel and ask them to call for medical help. If possible, try to get photos of the unsafe conditions that caused your accidents. Costco employees can quickly clean up a spill or clear trip hazards after an accident, and your photos may provide valuable evidence of the conditions that caused your accident.
Try to get contact information for any witnesses. These may be hard to track down later and can provide invaluable corroboration of your story. Perhaps most important, refrain from talking about your accident while waiting on medical treatment. Costco may use anything you say against you in trying to reduce your compensation.
You Deserve Legal Counsel
Call Brian White at 713-224-4878 today to schedule a free consultation as soon as possible after your accident. Costco insurance representatives may try to delay your claim, knowing that Texas law places strict limits on the amount of time you must file a lawsuit to recover compensation. Brian White will help you understand your options and protect your rights after your injury. He has the experience you need to get the compensation you deserve.