Slid on a wet sloppy floor in July twisted talus in my ankle. Had surgery now going through PT. Walmart called me after I made a injury report and said they seen the tape the day I slid. They have already contacted Medicare to say they will pay the bills. I have this in writing. Do I need a lawyer to help me ? Bills are about 17,000 and i still have 9 more therapy sessions, but I still limp and it still hurts. I really do not know what to do. Someone please advise me. Thank You
Be very careful. As a person who has litigated against Wal Mart and has researched Wal Mart's track record in lawsuits, it is difficult to believe much they tell injured customers. If they put it in writing as you claim, read it carefully because the probably phrased the agreement to pay with a contingency like "if it is determined we are at fault" or something similar. But, consider yourself ahead of the crowd if they actually put something in writing. I hope I am wrong but I doubt they will pay the bills. If hte injury happened in July they should have at least paid some bills by now. Have they?
Also, be very careful if they ask you to sign anything. Talk to a lawyer before signing anything as you could be signing away your right to compensation to pain, suffering, lost wages, scarring, etc.
The information supplied is not to be considered legal advice. I am licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Missouri.
I agree that you should be very, very cautious with Walmart and any "slip and fall" premises liability case (I am assuming you were shopping, not working there). If Medicare paid a portion of your medical bills, they will need to be paid back what they paid out. If you have an attorney, you get a discount on that amount for fees and expenses. And, I would be wary to trust that Walmart would handle the Medicare issues like an attorney would. And, some of the problems with trying to deal with any adverse party or insurance liability carrier on your own is that, once you have gone round and round with them and their assurances, you are not gathering or preserving evidence, you are talking to them and may make statements that are against your own interests, you are giving them access to your complete medical history and you, as a lay person, have no real knowledge of the value of your recovery for pain and suffering/permanency (the subjective aspects of personal injury compensation).
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