Did you know that each week Walmart services over 260 million customers, and did just under $500 Billion in sales for the 2015 fiscal year. In our local area, there are 160 Walmart stores in Pennsylvania and another 70 Walmart stores in New Jersey. Those numbers are enormous, and while Walmart certainly has a healthy bottom line, how they treat customers if they are injured at their store is an entirely different story. As personal injury lawyers we get to hear the horror stories of dealing with Walmart, and their claims process – we are here to let you in on Walmart slip and fall claim secrets.
Secret #1: Claims Management, Inc., or CMI, is the Company used by Walmart to Avoid Liability for your slip and fall injury claim.
If you had a slip and fall accident at Walmart, chances are very good that you have been contacted by a representative from Claims Management, Inc. or “CMI”. Walmart contracts with CMI to “investigate” and “administrate” injury claims brought against them. CMI’s sole purpose is to figure out how Walmart can try to avoid liability and/or to minimize the severity of your injury.
Secret #2: CMI Representatives will do or say almost anything to get you to give a recorded statement – Don’t!
If you are hurt in a slip and fall at Walmart, you will be surprised at the speed of a call from CMI demanding you give a recorded statement about the accident. We have heard countless horror stories from clients hurt in Walmart slip and fall accidents about their interactions with CMI representatives. They try to get you to give a recorded statement by intimidation, bullying, coercion and if all else fails crying, well maybe not crying, but you get the picture. We even heard CMI tell people that it is their right to get a recorded statement – that is simply not true. When I say CMI will do or say almost anything, I mean it! Let me be 100% clear, you do not to, nor should you give any statement to CMI.
Secret #3: Claims Management, Inc. representatives will make it seem like Walmart will accept liability and pay your medical bills – This is more likely than not a trick.
CMI claims representatives are trained in the art of skillfully manipulating you to cooperate with their investigation of your accident, even if it mean stretching the truth like a piece of gum. CMI representatives. are very sympathetic, concerned and will tell you how sorry they are for your injury… stopping just short of telling you that Walmart will pay your medical bills. After a month of medical care, when those medical bills start coming in, you will find it hard, if not impossible to speak to the CMI representatives- this is not an accident. A common story we here is that they soon thereafter get a denial of claim letter from CMI, based on what they said during these “concerned” chats with CMI representatives –> See Secret #2!
Shedding the light on Walmart slip and fall claims secrets
These 3 Walmart slip and fall claim secrets can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to people who are injured in an accident at Walmart. Unfortunately, we have seen many clients who fall for many of the tricks used by Walmart and Claims Management Inc. – the very reason that it is imperative to have a personal injury lawyer help you when you have been hurt at Walmart. Proving a slip and fall injury case against Walmart is difficult enough, giving Walmart and CMI ammunition can be fatal to your case.
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Remember, if you have been injured in a slip and fall at Walmart, or any other accident at Walmart stores, do yourself a favor and contact us – a phone call to our slip and fall lawyers can be the difference between getting money for your case or getting zero (or just a denial letter from CMI). We know, we have gotten clients millions of dollars for these type of personal injury cases.