Shoppers across the U.S. expect the premises of the store at which they are shopping to be free of hazardous conditions such as slippery floors and fallen merchandise, both of which could potentially injure a customer. Property owners have an ongoing duty to ensure that their premises are free of hazardous conditions that may result in injuries to patrons. However, it is not uncommon to read or hear about incidents where a customer sustains injuries after slipping and falling due to a wet floor.
Pennsylvania residents may find it interesting to learn that recently a patron at a Wal-Mart filed a premises liability lawsuit against the well-known retailer after she allegedly sustained serious injuries following a fall in one of the store’s aisles. According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred in October of last year. The woman was shopping in the coffee aisle, where she claims there was some wet substance on the floor, on which she slipped and fell. Following the slip-and-fall accident, the woman apparently sustained permanent and severe injuries.
In her lawsuit, the woman claims that the corporate retailer Wal-Mart failed to inform and warn patrons of the potential dangers, did not place warning placards, did not inspect the premises, failed to maintain the floor, and did not supervise and train its employees. As compensation for the injuries she sustained in the slip-and-fall accident, the woman is seeking damages for medical expenses, loss of wages & earning potential, pain and suffering, disability, loss of sleep and more.
In general, property owners are required to keep their property as safe as possible. In the event that a property owner fails to do so, he or she may be held liable for injuries an individual sustains while on the property. However, this does not mean that every slip-and-fall accident will result in a favorable outcome. It is important for anyone who believes that he or she was injured due to the negligence of a property owner should consider contacting a premises liability attorney to get the facts of the potential claim evaluated.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Wal-Mart sued by customer who claims she was severely injured in slip and fall,” Kyle Barnett, July 1, 2014