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Injured customer sues world's richest company

Any business, whether large or small businesses, may at some point make a mistake that leads to a customer suffering an injury. When such an accident occurs it opens the door to a premises liability claim against the business -- even when the company is a large multi-national company with millions of customers.

One such claim was recently wrapped up this year very close to Maryland just south of the border with Virginia. A customer of Walmart won a large verdict against Walmart for $11,250,000 after the customer fractured numerous bones in his back, elbow and hand when he slipped and fell on a wet floor in one of Walmart's stores. The customer also injured a shoulder rotator cuff and continues to suffer severe pain and has lost his mobility. It was later discovered that the floor was wet because an employee began mopping prior to setting up any type of warning for customers. After mopping the employee left the area unsupervised to get a warning cone and before the employee could return the damage was done.

Despite being named the world's richest company with $444 billion in revenue in 2012 with stores in every state in the country, Walmart was required to compensate the customer for his severe injuries. This goes to show that no matter how big a company gets the company may be still found liable for their mistakes.

In order to be found liable in a premises liability suit, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant acted negligently in maintaining its store and that because of this negligence the plaintiff was injured. Compensation can help cover medical expenses, pain and suffering and rehabilitative costs.

Source: The Washington Times, "Suing Wal-Mart: Bad business practices lead to litigation," Paul Samakow, June 2, 2013

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