Did you suffer an injury while visiting a store? If you believe your injuries were a result of the store's negligence, you might be able to file a personal injury claim.
Falling Ice and Snow**
A New York consumer was shopping at a New York Walmart when she left the building and a sheet of ice and snow fell from the store's roof and struck her. The consumer was a medical secretary and the injury resulted in ulnar nerve entrapment, which prevented her from returning to work. She was no longer able to use her hand and underwent surgery.
The plaintiff alleged that another sheet of ice had already fallen from the roof before she exited the Walmart. The court issued a judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $600,000.
The injury resulted in the consumer having to undergo surgery for ulnar transposition surgery because of the nerve entrapment. Despite the surgical procedure, the consumer was unable to resume her profession and it impacted her future and ended her career.
She also lost use of her hand, which can impact her ability to perform daily activities and participate in hobbies.
Why the Court Issued the Judgment
The amount of the judgment was significant because of the severity of the injury. The consumer lost use of her hand and was unable to return to work at her profession, according to the Walmart Litigation Project**. She is suffering long-term effects that will impact the rest of her life.
The plaintiff argued that the building's roof was improperly designed, which allowed the ice and snow to accumulate and fall in a manner that was unsafe. She also argued that another piece of ice had fallen prior to her being struck while Walmart contended that she was told not to leave the building after the first piece of ice had fallen, but exited the building anyway.
The court ruled that Walmart failed to maintain safe premises.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered an injury at Walmart, or any other store, and you are considering filing a personal injury claim, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may improve your odds of a successful claim by gathering all the necessary evidence and documentation.
Personal injury attorneys aren't paid until the personal injury claim has been won, so there is no out-of-pocket expense. Complete the Free Case Evaluation today so you can get your personal injury claim underway.
**Case Taken from the Walmart Litigation Project: wal-martlitigation.com/index.php?p=nn
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Walmart Stores, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.