Running a business involves many aspects. One thing that is often overlooked by Florida business owners is keeping customers safe while inside a store or other place of business. This can be difficult, especially for a busy, often crowded retail giant such as Walmart. The store is being sued for a premise liability claim after a customer suffered a slip and fall injury while shopping at a West Virginia store.
In July 2011, the customer was walking down the aisle at a Walmart Supercenter in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She alleges that she fell after slipping on a clear liquid that was on the floor. The woman suffered serious injuries as a result of the fall.
The woman filed a lawsuit on July 23 claiming negligence against Wal-Mart Stores East LP. The claim was originally filed in the Circuit Court of Harrison County. The claim was moved to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on Aug. 20. This was because the claim exceeded the $75,000 limit, but it is unknown how much the woman is seeking in damages.
Unsafe conditions can exist anywhere. A spill on the floor or a leak can cause a dangerous condition to an unsuspecting customer. People go to retail establishments to shop and rarely expect to be seriously injured in the process.
It is unknown what injuries the woman incurred as a result of the fall, but they were serious in nature. The woman does have a legal right to file a claim for compensation, especially due to the extent of the injuries she suffered. Hopefully the woman will receive enough financial recovery to pay for medical expenses and get her physical and emotional conditions back to normal. Falls can cause much bodily damage and even require surgery and rehabilitation.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Clarksburg woman files slip-and-fall against Walmart" Beth Henry-Vance, Sep. 02, 2013