Man Sues Wal-Mart for Lack of Slippery Floor Warning

For some people it’s not enough to just “save more” at Wal-Mart. They also insist on plenty of warnings for wet, slippery floors.

An East Texas man filed a personal injury lawsuit recently against the big box retail chain alleging that he was not properly warned about the slick surfaces on which he slipped and fell within a Texas branch of the store.

The suit, filed on Jan. 22, claims that Phil Fox went to the Wal-Mart branch around the midday to shop, according to the Southeastern Texas Record. It had been raining earlier in the day, but not when Fox arrived.

The lawsuit states Fox's slip and fall injury occurred while walking on top of long mats rolled out near the store’s front entrance, and he contorted his body while falling. The Record did not report the store’s location where Fox slipped and fell.

The suit states that Fox asked a store door greeter, who came over to help Fox off of the ground, where the signs were to indicate the floor may be wet and slippery. Fox said in the suit that the greeter pointed toward the exit doors of the store, but no signs were in sight.

Fox and his wife filed the personal injury lawsuit against the retailer claiming negligence and premises liability against Wal-Mart, the Southeastern Texas Record reported.

Once he was back on his feet, Fox said the greeter brought him a chair, and other Wal-Mart employees put up “wet floor” caution signs down in the entryway.

Detailed in the suit is Fox’s main argument: Wal-Mart should also take steps to ensure customers’ safety, even after rain outside a store has ceased.

“Wal-Mart knew or should have known that once the rain stops and the pavement is dry outside and customers enter the store and step on the wet mats and then step on dry floor, the soles of the customers' shoes will become wet and create an unreasonable risk of harm for customers when they step on dry floor,” the Southeastern Texas Record quoted from the personal injury suit.

Fox’s lawsuit goes further to say that Wal-Mart should be aware of any potential for danger that a dampened mat may cause. The suit claims the store failed to exercise ordinary care, failed to adequately warn of the condition and failed to make the condition reasonably safe.

Fox is seeking monetary damages to the tune of $75,000 from the large retailer. He also said within the suit that he had to undergo surgery for injuries to his neck, back and elbow.

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