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Woman Files Premises Liability Lawsuit After Fall at Wal-Mart

Woman Files Premises Liability Lawsuit After Fall at Wal-Mart

By Trapp & Geller

Store owners nationwide, including in Illinois, have an enormous responsibility to provide their customers with safe surroundings that are free of hazards. They must also ensure that staff members are adequately trained to be on the lookout for dangerous conditions and eliminate hazards promptly. Negligent property owners often have to pay the price when premises liability lawsuits are filed against them.

Alleged negligence at a Wal-Mart store in another state resulted in a lawsuit that was recently filed by a patron who claims to have been the victim of dangerous conditions at the store during the month of April 2014. The complaint states that the plaintiff came upon an unexpected slippery area on the premises. This allegedly caused her to slip and fall to the ground.

No details were provided about the area in which the accident occurred, but the plaintiff asserts that the company breached its public duty to provide surroundings free of hazards. She accuses the property owner of failure to inspect the facilities and allowing dangerous conditions to develop and persist. She seeks an unknown amount of money in recovery for medical expenses that followed her disabling injuries, along with lost income, anguish, pain, suffering, and disfigurement. Legal fees, costs, and interest are included in the amount of recovery sought.

Any Illinois resident who has had to cope with the consequences of a slip-and-fall accident that was caused by negligent maintenance at a store or other facility may benefit from consulting with an experienced premises liability attorney. A lawyer will assess the circumstances and determine the viability of a lawsuit against the property owners and/or other parties. Based upon proper documentation of negligence, a claim for reimbursement of damages sustained may result in the entry of a monetary judgment in favor of the accident victim.

Source:, “Wal-Mart shopper faults company for PA store slip and fall“, Carol Ostrow, July 15, 2015


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