Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the United States and, due to their many locations throughout the country, many individuals are injured while visiting Wal-Mart. Many of these injuries occur due to a ‘slip and fall’ accident. Any business that invites individuals onto their premises owes the individuals a duty to keep the individual safe from harm. If the business fails to maintain a safe premise for their customers and a customer is injured, the business can be held liable for the injuries suffered.
Unfortunately, there are many ways for a customer to be injured. First, you do not have to be physically inside the store to have a claim. There have been many cases in the state of Florida where a customer was walking into the store and they slipped on some mud or wet surface right by the front door. Additionally, sometimes floor mats at the entrance of the store can become bunched up causing a customer to trip over the raised floor mat. Also, a product could slip off a shelf and break on the floor causing the floor to become sticky or slick. The possibilities are endless for ‘slip and fall’ accidents.
Recently, in Jacksonville, Florida man was awarded close to $1.3 million judgment was entered against Wal-Mart for a ‘slip and fall’ accident. It appears that a Gatorade sign fell off a display and the customer slipped on the sign, tearing his bicep during the fall.
While these injuries are unfortunate, it is important to hold companies accountable for their actions if they are, in fact, at fault. Each ‘slip and fall’ case is very specific and dependent upon the facts and surrounding situations. However, if a ‘slip and fall’ injury does occur, it would be a good idea to contact an attorney and attempt to seek compensation for the injuries that were sustained.