Target is a popular Minnesota-based big-box corporation. It is hard to throw a stone in suburbia today without hitting a Target. We have all been to one. With busy stores across the country, Target has an obligation to provide its consumers with a safe shopping experience including well-maintained shopping facilities and carrying safely designed and manufactured products.
Target faces a lot of lawsuits. If you are claiming more than $75,000 and you are not in Minnesota, you can expect Target in many cases to remove the case to federal court.
Lawyers, if you are bringing a claim, remember that these big retailers have zillions of pages of procedures and they don't train their $8 an hour employees to the point where they know these procedures.
One more thing to keep in mind: ask for the surveillance film early in the case. These days, these stores have cameras everywhere.SLIP AND FALL CLAIMS
Most of the personal injury lawsuits against Target that have gone to trial are slip and fall cases. In this claim, plaintiffs generally allege that they fell because either (1) Target created a condition that caused them to fall (usually the best facts for plaintiffs), or (2) Target knew or should have known of a hazard that might cause someone to fall and did not do enough (usually nothing) to prevent the hazard.
There are a lot of very high verdicts in slip and fall cases like this. But these cases can sometimes be challenging, too, because a plaintiff's lawyer has to show that the fall was due to the negligence of Target. The mere fact that the person fell is not enough to bring a viable claims.
From looking at recorded jury verdicts, it is easy to form the impression that Target looks to settle these cases if there is a real chance of a jury awarding a significant award.Other Types of Claims Against Target
Here are some examples of the types of lawsuits that have been filed against Target:
- Excessive force from employees or security
- Negligent security
- Injures involving Target's cart lifts (vermaport)
Our law firm is handling Target injury cases. Our firm handles only serious injury claims. If you have been injured as the result of negligence at a Target, call 800-553-8083 to speak to a lawyer or get a free on-line case evaluation.
- Premises Liability Claims (an overview)
- Example Slip and Fall Lawsuit (the language of the Complaint)
- What Is the Value of Your Target Case?
- Looking at How Other Large Defendants Handle Claims
If you look at the verdicts in slip and fall cases around the country, you see very few plaintiffs' verdicts. What does this tell you? One interpretation is that Target is a tough competitor in personal injury cases. Another interpretation, and the one we subscribe to, is that Target simply does not let the good cases go to trial. If you read the details of some of these defense verdicts, it is pretty clear why the plaintiff lost. The good cases with Target have a good chance of reaching a settlement and you do see a good number of reported settlements with Target (and attorneys rarely report settlements).
Here are a few of the sample verdict against Target or that happened in one of their stores. These are not, by any stretch, representative verdicts - on way or the other - of what to expect in your potential claim.