March 4th, 2013 - by DKRPA
Usually when we discuss incidents where a person slips and falls under negligent circumstances, a business or establishment fails, in some way, to make their customers aware of unsafe conditions. Maybe some spilled liquid is not cleaned up properly, or maybe an employee forgets to put out one of those yellow warning signs to alert customers to the situation.
Regardless of how the slip-and-fall occurs though, a customer deserves a safe and clean shopping space — and when that is not upheld, the business in question can be held liable for any injuries or maladies the customer suffers.
Just such a case occurred here in Florida and the lawsuit that was filed in the wake of it was recently completed. It all began in 2011 when a man slipped and fell at a Walmart. A sale sign fell off one of the racks, causing the man to suffer serious injuries to his arm when he unknowingly slipped on it and fell. He actually sustained a rare condition known as “popeye deformity,” where his arms developed unnatural lumps.
That may sound comical to some, but this man has been dealt life-altering injuries because his local Walmart was unable to provide him with a safe shopping experience. The man sued Walmart and recently won the case to the tune of $1.3 million, even though his lawsuit only requested $600,000. That adjustment in damages shows just how moved the jury was in this civil case — and how serious slip-and-fall incidents can be.
Source: WPBF, “Man who suffers from ‘popeye deformity’ after Walmart fall awarded $1.3M,” Feb. 8, 2013
To learn more, please visit our Palm Beach slip-and-fall page.