Slip and fall cases against big corporations can be tough, but they sure can be rewarding
When looking into a slip and fall case, a lot lost must be taken into account. First of all, it must be proven that there truly was something there that caused the injured person to fall. Be it a puddle, a patch of ice, or an uneven chunk of sidewalk, there has to be some sort of proof that an obstacle was there. Secondly, it must be proven that an employee, manager, or owner of the business where the obstacle was present knew that the obstacle existed, but did nothing about it. Thirdly, it must be proven that the person who fell was in a completely coherent, attentive state of mind before falling.
These kinds of cases can be real tough to win, especially against giant, wealthy companies. In 2011, a woman in Colorado proved that she could not only win a slip and fall case against a corporate giant, but also that she could win a massive settlement. The woman, a truck driver from Colorado, was walking through Walmart when she slipped on a puddle of grease. She sustained back injuries that were permanent and painful, but her injuries weren’t the main reason why she won a massive settlement worth $10 million.
During the opening statements of the case, Walmart stubbornly denied the existence of a grease spill, and repeatedly stated that if there had been a spill, their employees would have documented it. Walmart’s corporate representative confidently thought that the company would win the case if they denied the existence of the spill, but the company’s constant denial ended up backfiring.
The injured woman’s attorneys actually managed to find public records that documented the grease spill in Walmart, and Walmart was forced to have an assistant manager come forward, and admit that the spill had been seen and documented. It became clear that the injured woman had legitimately fallen because of an obstacle that the Colorado Walmart’s employees had seen and documented, but had neglected to clean up.
Because Walmart attempted to be untruthful throughout the case, the jury punished the company by awarding a massive $10 million settlement to the woman. Slip and fall cases are tough, especially against a massive corporation like Walmart, but it certainly is possible to win big.