People go shopping every day but do not expect to be injured in a store while they are spending their hard-earned money. A woman claims she was injured on someone else's property in June, 2012. She also says she was humiliated by the incident. The 95-year-old woman is suing a Pennsylvania Walmart for injuries she suffered while waiting for her daughter as she conducted business in the store's customer service department.
The woman had accompanied her daughter as she went to the store to return a purchase. While the daughter was dealing with the personnel at the desk, her mother sat down on a chair to wait. The chair collapsed as soon as the woman sat down, and she fell to the floor. The fall resulted in injury to several areas of her body as well as causing her great embarrassment.
She claims Walmart was negligent in not regularly inspecting the chair to make sure it was in good working order for customer use. She further claims that if they did know the chair needed repair, they did nothing to remove it or replace it with one in suitable condition. She is seeking over $50,000 in compensation from the store.
When a person is injured on someone else's property, the property owner could be held liable. In this case, it has been asserted that it was up to the Pennsylvania Walmart to ensure the chair was in good working condition. While it remains to be seen what the result of this litigation will be, it appears clear that the elderly woman had every expectation that the chair would hold her when she sat down. Others who have been injured in a similar incident may have the right to seek financial relief for any injuries suffered.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "95-year-old customer sues Bensalem Walmart over collapsed chair", Jim Boyle, May 19, 2014