Wal-Mart and Other Retail Stores Facing Slip and Fall Lawsuits


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An accident on June 9, 2010 at a Wal-Mart in Louisiana led a shopper to sue the store for emotional distress after he slipped on a liquid substance while walking down the pet food aisle. The man claimed that he injured his ankle, side, back and arm in the incident, and he sought damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of consortium, interest and court costs.

Slip and fall accidents have received national attention lately because of the increase in lawsuits such as the one mentioned above. This type of personal injury accidents is common in businesses such as retail establishments, public areas like city-owned buildings, parks, sidewalks, and homes or personal property. Slip and fall accidents are covered under premises liability law, which holds property owners responsible to make sure that their land is maintained and kept in a way that promotes the safety of anyone who visits. The injured man in the news story above filed suit against Wal-Mart and ABC Insurance Co. claiming that the store failed to ensure that the area was kept safe and that employees failed to clean up the liquid substance in the aisle in a timely manner. He also claimed that Wal-Mart was responsible because the store failed to provide any information or notice to let customers know that there was a spill in the aisle.

There are numerous slip and fall claims filed against large retail stores like Wal-Mart and Walgreens on a monthly basis. In a more recent situation, a man sued a local grocery store in New Orleans for slipping on a liquid on his way out of the store and suffering injury because of the store’s negligence. “Wet floors” are one of the major causes of slip and fall accidents on public properties, and it is the store’s responsibility to make sure that employees routinely monitor conditions to prevent these accidents. Grocery shoppers, and consumers in general, should have the right to expect that they won’t encounter hazardous conditions as they push the cart down a store’s aisles.

Public sidewalks and city-owned areas are also commonly targeted in slip and fall lawsuits because of the wide range of potential hazards that accompany a large, outdoor space. A New Orleans woman recently filed a lawsuit against the city’s sewerage and water board after she fell into an open manhole that was on the sidewalk near the bank. She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for her medical expenses and the pain and suffering that resulted from the accident.

Over a million Americans are injured in slip and fall accidents every year, and these accidents are the number one cause of emergency room visits. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property because the owner failed to maintain their land and keep it reasonably safe, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. However, in order to be successful with a slip and fall claim, you must be able to prove that the defendant failed their legal duty to safely maintain the premises. A Baton Rouge slip & fall attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence to support your claim and provide you with strong legal representation in court.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beau Layfield
The Layfield Law Firm, LLC, provides professional legal services on a personal level to the victims of personal injury accidents. From slip and fall claims to truck accidents and defective products, Baton Rouge personal injury attorney Beau Layfield can help you pursue the maximum compensation possible for your pain and suffering. His firm has the extensive resources and legal knowledge to help you with any type of personal injury claim, and you can be confident knowing that your attorney truly cares about your future. It is especially important to have dedicated legal representation when you are filing a claim against a large corporation, and the Layfield Law Firm, LLC is here to help you.

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