Store may be liable when patron is hurt on the premises
Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 03, 2015 in Premises Liability
Most people probably do not think about being injured while shopping. Whether one thinks about it or not, it nonetheless does occur at retailers throughout the nation. Sometimes a patron will slip and fall on a wet spot on the floor. Other times they might trip on a rug that has a corner pulled up. People are even hurt outside of the store on the sidewalks or in the parking lot. These falls can leave a visitor to the store injured, sometimes seriously.
When someone is hurt in an accident at a store that is the result of the store not maintaining the premises in the manner expected, a lawsuit could make sense. If the injured person can demonstrate that it was negligence on the part of the retailer that caused the injury inducing accident to occur, he or she could recover compensation for those injuries.
A woman in another state recently received $510,000 in a lawsuit she filed against Wal-Mart after she was hurt when she stepped into a hole outside of the store. The hole was the result of a tree being removed. She said that she will be limited by her injuries, suffer pain and need treatments for the rest of her life. As a result of the pain she had a spinal cord stimulator implanted.
Financial damages could come in handy for someone who is recovering. Depending on the severity of the injury working may be out of the question. While sometimes a person will after a time recover and life will more or less return to normal, in other situations a persona will be permanently disabled. In either situation, living expenses do not go away and medical bills could accrue. Anything recovered in a successful lawsuit could be of great help addressing these financial matters.
Of course these lawsuits can be complicated. For this reason many opt to work with a lawyer who understands the way in which these cases generally work.