According to the Wal-Mart Litigation Project, which is a collection of cases compiled to educate and facilitate communication about Wal-Mart cases, “Wal-Mart is sued two-five times every day in the United States.” The cases against Wal-Mart are varied, but the most represented type of injury in the ninety-nine cases compiled by the Wal-Mart Litigation Project is slip and fall injuries.
Slip and fall accidents fall within the category of negligent behavior on behalf of the property owner. Negligent behavior on behalf of Wal-Mart has been proven time and time again by cases such as these:
- An Illinois woman injured her back, arm, and hand after slipping on snow and ice on a Wal-Mart Sidewalk ($117,000 Illinois Award)
- A Utah woman developed Thoracic Outlet Syndrome after falling in a Wal-Mart parking lot ($281,790 Utah Award)
- A Louisiana man injured his shoulder after slipping on an unknown liquid substance inside a Wal-Mart store ($23,000 General Damages Award plus documented medical bills)
- A Florida woman suffered rotary dislocation of the neck and Temporomandibular injury after slipping on body shampoo in a Wal-Mart store ($1,300,889.95 Florida Award)
- A California teacher required hip surgery after slipping on liquid soap in Wal-Mart ($839,500 California award)
The case listings in the Wal-Mart Litigation Project, from which these cases and awards were taken, go on.
Slip and Fall Factors and The Element of Surprise
So what kinds of factors typically cause slip and fall injuries in stores like Wal-Mart? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) lists the following factors as slip and fall risks for employees: spills on walking surfaces; ice, snow, or rain; loose mats or rugs; boxes/containers that may obstruct vision; poor lighting (which affects visibility); and walking surfaces that are in disrepair. For shoppers, obstructed walkways, weather conditions, holes or tears in carpeting/flooring, and recently mopped or waxed flooring can be added to this list.
Shoppers aren’t looking for any of the above fall risks, which means that the element of surprise in a slip and fall accident can contribute to the resulting injury. Because the body is not prepared for the fall, your natural instinct to protect yourself falls by the wayside, which can result in a more traumatic injury than if you knew the accident was coming. Head injuries, including brain and neck injuries, are common with slip and fall, as are bruising and injuries to muscle tissue.
We Can Help
You can read more about slip and fall injuries and how to file a claim in Georgia on the Marks Law Group blog. We are committed to providing you with the information you need to file a slip and fall claim.
At Marks Law Group, our experienced personal injury attorneys know exactly what it takes to help you through the experience of a slip and fall accident with a large company like Wal-Mart. We can help you fully obtain the amount of damages until you are fully compensated for the trauma of a slip and fall accident. Our consultation is free; reach out now! 404-947-1785