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Slip and fall accidents are alarmingly common in retail environments, where spills, obstructions, and unsafe surfaces can create hazardous conditions for customers. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, a leading home improvement and appliance store, is no exception. This article delves into the intricacies of slip and fall claims against Lowe’s, shedding light on notable cases and providing essential guidance on how victims can seek compensation.

Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents

slip and fall accident occurs when an individual loses their footing and falls due to an unsafe condition on the premises. In the bustling aisles of stores like Lowe’s, these incidents can be triggered by anything from wet floors to uneven surfaces. The repercussions of such falls can be severe, ranging from minor bruises to more serious injuries like fractures or head trauma, necessitating a comprehensive understanding of one’s legal rights and options.

Notable Lowe’s Slip and Fall Cases

Kelly Hendrickson Case

In a high-profile 2013 incident at a Lowe’s in Las Vegas, Kelly Hendrickson suffered devastating injuries after slipping on wet concrete in the garden center. Striking her head, she sustained a skull fracture along with a permanent loss of her senses of smell and taste. After an intense legal battle, the court awarded her $16.4 million, recognizing both her medical expenses and the profound personal suffering she endured.

Brenda Schultz Case

Another significant case involved Brenda Schultz, who in 2016, tripped over a power cord that was part of a display outside a Lowe’s store in Turnersville. This fall resulted in serious injuries, prompting Schultz to seek justice in federal court. The resolution came with a $4 million settlement, shared among Lowe’s and two other companies involved in setting up the display.

Understanding the legal landscape is crucial for anyone considering a slip and fall claim. These cases typically fall under premises liability, where the key factor is proving negligence on the part of the property owner or manager. Victims must demonstrate that Lowe’s (or any defendant) knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to correct it or adequately warn visitors.

How to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit Against Lowe’s

Filing a lawsuit requires careful preparation and adherence to legal procedures. Victims should start by:

  • Gathering evidence: This includes photos of the accident scene, witness statements, and any relevant incident reports.
  • Documenting injuries: Medical records are pivotal in illustrating the extent and impact of the injuries sustained.
  • Consulting with a personal injury lawyer: Legal expertise is essential in navigating the complexities of slip and fall claims.

For detailed steps on how to file a lawsuit against Lowe’s and insights into workers’ compensation claims, visit our dedicated pages on Lowe’s Workers’ Compensation Claims and Personal Injury at Lowe’s.

How to Get Compensation from Slip and Fall at Lowe’s

Victims of slip and fall accidents at Lowe’s may be entitled to various forms of compensation, which typically cover:

  • Medical bills: Compensation for all medical treatment related to the injuries from the accident.
  • Lost wages: If the injury resulted in time away from work, victims might recover the wages lost during that period.
  • Pain and suffering: This covers the physical and emotional distress caused by the injuries.

Negotiating a settlement with Lowe’s often requires a strategic approach, where presenting a strong case backed by solid evidence can lead to a favorable outcome. In some instances, if a settlement cannot be reached, the case may proceed to trial.

Factors Affecting the Outcome of Lowe’s Claims

Several factors can influence the outcome of a slip and fall claim against Lowe’s. Surveillance footage or witness testimonies can play pivotal roles in substantiating the claim by demonstrating the conditions that led to the accident. Additionally, the extent to which Lowe’s might have been aware of the hazard and their actions (or inactions) regarding it are crucial elements.

The plaintiff’s own actions at the time of the accident can also affect the case. For example, if the plaintiff ignored visible warning signs or ventured into restricted areas, their compensation might be reduced under the principle of comparative negligence.

Preventative Measures and Safety Policies at Lowe’s

Post-settlement, Lowe’s has reportedly taken steps to enhance safety measures across its stores. These include clearer signage, regular inspections to identify potential hazards, and prompt cleanup of spills. Such measures not only improve safety but also demonstrate Lowe’s commitment to customer well-being, potentially mitigating future legal issues.


Navigating a slip and fall claim against a retail giant like Lowe’s requires a thorough understanding of legal principles, a strategic approach to evidence gathering, and, often, skilled negotiation. For those injured in such incidents, knowing your rights and the potential avenues for compensation is crucial.

Victims should seek legal consultation to explore their options, including the possibility of a lawsuit to recover damages for their injuries and associated losses. Handling such cases with the assistance of experienced professionals can significantly enhance the prospects of a successful outcome.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a slip and fall accident at Lowe’s and is considering filing a claim, Joe I. Zaid & Associates can provide the necessary legal support. Contact our main office or any of our locations for a comprehensive case review:

  • Pasadena Office (Main Office): 4710 Vista Rd. Suite E, Pasadena, Texas 77505 – Tel: (346) 756-9243
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