Snow and Ice at Walmart Leads to $117,000 Personal Injury Settlement*

Did you suffer an injury while shopping at a Walmart or any other store? If you did, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against the company.

Real Life Examples

An Illinois women was shopping at Walmart when she suffered back, arm, and hand injuries after slipping on the sidewalk. She was walking on the sidewalk right outside the store when she fell because of the snow and ice that had not been removed after a snowstorm in the area. Because of her injuries, the plaintiff was awarded $162,600, which was reduced by 28% to $117,000.

The store was found liable in this personal injury suit because they were open for business and had not removed the snow and ice from the sidewalk. If a business is open, customers assume that the location is safe to enter.

In this case, the store wasn't safe to enter because the sidewalk remained slick because Walmart had failed to shovel the snow and ice or apply adequate salt or de-icer. The plaintiff's argument was that the store was negligent by not properly cleaning the sidewalk to allow a safe entrance to and exit from the store.

It is the store's responsibility to make sure it is safe for customers, so the court agreed that the store was negligent in this case and ruled that that they were responsible for the injuries suffered by the plaintiff when she fell.

Appeals were filed in the case, but the judgment was upheld and Walmart was held responsible for the incident the injuries. The case was heard in Illinois Southern District Court with District Judge Paul E. Riley presiding. The lawsuit was filed in March 1997.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

If were injured while shopping at Walmart or any other store and you believe it was due to a failure to keep reasonably safe conditions or negligence, you might want to consider filing a personal injury claim against the store. Because personal injury claims are complicated, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.

A personal injury attorney can gather all the necessary evidence and documentation and argue your case in court. Personal injury attorneys aren't paid until you win your case, so you have nothing to lose. Schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney right away.

**Case taken from PACER ( (Case: 3:94-cv-00902, from United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois)

*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, Inc., or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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