Wal-mart is a pretty popular store in Albany and residents should be able to expect the store will provide a safe and clean environment in which to shop. Granted, nearly everyone in Albany has seen, in one store or another, a loose endcap or merchandise falling into the aisles. When store employees intentionally put merchandise in such precarious positions or fail to pick up after inconsiderate customers, the store can be sued when store conditions cause someone to slip and fall.
One woman is alleging that her husband's fall at a Wal-mart store was the cause of his eventual kidney failure and death. The man had been out shopping when he seems to have fallen over a crate in the aisle of a Wal-mart store. The crate and the roll of fabric on top of it were part of a display that the man's wife says was intentionally set up by the store manager.
Since the man's tragic and untimely death, the wife has filed a lawsuit against the big box giant, saying that this fall has resulted in numerous medical bills and funeral and burial costs. The woman has also filed suit for her loss of society and companionship.
According to court filings, the crate and fabric roll were placed so that it was hard to see as the husband was traveling down the aisle. As a result, the roll hit him in his shins and he fell to the ground hard. Within 14 days of his fall, the man had died after his kidneys shut and broke down. The two-week decline not only ripped this man from his family, but also caused him a considerable amount of pain and suffering.
This story reminds us that stores are responsible for customers' safety and can be held accountable when someone slips and falls because of a risk the store should have known about. The store and its manager could have foreseen that someone could be injured by an unseen crate, but it did not remedy the situation by moving the obstacle.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, "Walmart trip allegedly caused renal failure and death," Kelly Holleran, April 5, 2012