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Slip-and-fall accidents: Court set to review incident at Walmart

Businesses in Tennessee and elsewhere are generally responsible for providing customers with a safe environment free of potential hazards. Identifying possible safety risks such as a wet floor could be essential to preventing slip\-and\-fall accidents, as such incidents can pose a significant threat to the health of a customer. A woman in another state has filed a lawsuit against Walmart after an incident involving a pool of water left her with serious injuries.

According to reports, the woman slipped and fell near in a pool of water that had accumulated near a Rug Doctor kiosk at the store. During the fall, she reportedly suffered a serious leg injury that prompted a need for a surgical procedure. She filed a lawsuit soon thereafter, but the process proved complex due to the fact that in its initial agreement with the store, the cleaning company had insisted that the kiosks be self-serving and that Walmart employees would not assist with their operation.

Due to this agreement, the court had initially ruled that Walmart wasn't responsible for the safety hazard. However, upon re-evaluating the circumstances surrounding the incident, the state's highest court has reportedly ruled that the case be reviewed again. While the store might not be responsible for operations of the kiosk, it may still have a duty to ensure that any leaks or spills don't create a potentially hazardous environment for customers.

For those who suffer serious harm in slip-and-fall accidents, the financial ramifications of a need to pursue medical treatment can be significant. Since determining liability can be complex, a person could find it advisable to speak with an experienced attorney for guidance in the process. An attorney in Tennessee can examine the incident thoroughly, along with the client's injuries and financial needs, and assist in pursing the restitution entitled through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

Source: idahostatesman.com, "She slipped on a puddle in a Boise Walmart. Her lawsuit reached the Supreme Court.", Audrey Dutton, April 20, 2018

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