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Wal-Mart at the center of premises liability claim

These days its common knowledge that Wal-Mart is one of the largest corporations in America, with stores all over Nevada, as well as every other state in the country. Any business, large or small, has an obligation to keep customers safe and free of hazards while shopping. Unfortunately, accidents in stores will happen. When an accident is the result of hazards or hazardous material left lying on the floor, the victim may be entitled to take legal action. Recently, an accident in a Wal-Mart store in another state resulted in a premises liability lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by a customer and her husband after she claimed her fall was caused by an oily substance left on the floor at a Wal-Mart store. According to the lawsuit, the customer was shopping inside of the Wal-Mart store when she suddenly slipped on oil and fell. Allegations by the plaintiffs state that the fall caused her severe and permanent injuries. 

The plaintiff contends that failure to clear the floor of the oily substance led to the accident. Allegedly, the fall caused injuries to her spine, hip and knees. The plaintiffs are seeking damages not in excess of $50,000.

Most business are safe for customers and free of hazards. However, things such as careless maintenance or slippery substances on the floor can result in an accident and injuries to shoppers. Anyone in Nevada who suffers injuries from this type of accident could receive much-needed financial relief from any monetary damages awarded from a successful premises liability lawsuit.

Source: Nicholas Malfitano, "Couple seek up to $50K for alleged slip-and-fall at Wal-Mart", Nicholas Malfitano, Jan. 25, 2017

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