We all see those flimsy signs advertising a sale or an advertised special around big-box stores. Sometimes they fall on the ground, and can be a fall hazard in the aisle for hours. In 2011, a Florida man suffered a slip-and-fall injury after a display sign fell on the floor at a Walmart. While many would suspect the man just suffered a broken bone or strained muscle, he had a very severe injury that led to defect called the "popeye deformity." This deformity will stay with the man for the rest of his life.
After a person suffers a fall, they could need hospitalization, help from specialists and long-term physical therapy. In this case, the "popeye deformity" leads to bulges in a person's arm, which could lead to the person needing surgery. Surgeries, especially multiple surgeries, can result in constant pain and spending weeks or months in and out of hospitals.
The man in the case in Florida filed a lawsuit against Walmart for the slip-and-fall. The lawsuit asked for $600,000, but the jury awarded the man $1.3 million. Damages awarded from a lawsuit can often be used to pay for both current and future medical expenses. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney in Florida can help a person understand their rights.
It isn't fair for a person to have to pay large hospital expenses on top of their own physical pain and suffering for something that wasn't their fault. Companies need to make sure their stores are safe for customers and should be held accountable when someone is injured on their property.
Source: WPBF.com, "Man who suffers from 'popeye deformity' after Walmart fall awarded $1.3M," Feb. 8, 2013
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