Walmart Slip and Fall Lawsuit Settles for A Confidential Amount
If you ever fall due to water on a floor, did you know that taking pictures of the water on the floor is very important in order to prove negligence?
A middle aged woman was walking in a Walmart located in Sunrise, Florida. As she was walking in the produce section, suddenly and without warning, she slipped and fell on the ground. After she fell she realized her clothing was drenched in water and that there were large puddles of water all over the floor. In addition, there was no wet floor sign informing customers of any slippery conditions on the floor. Unable to get up, the ambulance arrived on the scene and transported the victim to a nearby hospital. Fortunately for the victim, her daughter took pictures of the puddles of water on the floor. This would prove to be the most important part of settling her case.
At the hospital, the victim was diagnosed with contusions to the neck and back. One week after being released from the hospital the victim was still suffering from pain in her neck and back. She sought the care and medical attention of a local chiropractor in Sunrise, Florida. The chiropractor diagnosed our client with sprain/strain of the cervical spine and referred her out for an MRI. The MRI showed a herniated disc at C2-C3. Since the MRI showed positive findings for injury, the victim was referred out to an orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon gave the victim two options to treat her pain. The first option was to undergo a cervical fusion. The second option was to undergo a series of three epidural injections. Because the victim was scared of surgery, she elected to undergo cervical epidural injections. After the injections the victim felt immediate relief in her neck from pain.
Victim Hires the Sunrise Slip and Fall Attorneys Dell and Schaefer
After the fall, the victim received a telephone call from Walmart asking her about her injuries and the fall. Our client made a big mistake in talking to Walmart without first contacting an attorney. Nevertheless she gave a statement. Within one week after speaking with Walmart, she received a letter denying liability in the matter.
Not knowing what else to do, the victim called Attorney Dell & Schaefer to help her. One of the original questions asked by the attorney was whether any pictures were taken of the accident scene. Fortunately, the victim was able to provide her attorney with clear pictures that showed water all over the floor and also showed the failure of Walmart employees to put any wet floor signs anywhere that informed customers of the slippery conditions of the floor. Using the pictures, the attorney filed a bodily injury demand against Walmart alleging negligent maintenance of the floor and failure to warn of a dangerous condition which was the proximate cause of our client’s injuries.
Our firm demanded a large sum of money to compensate our client for bodily injury, aggravation of a preexisting injury, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, disability, mental anguish, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and impairment of ability to earn future wages. Walmart, who had previously denied the claim were now completely aware that we had pictures of the accident scene. After extensive negotiations, Walmart offered a confidential amount to settle her claim.
Our client was absolutely thrilled that she could recover a life changing amount of money, and was also able to recover from her injuries with epidural injections rather than any invasive surgical procedures.