Do you think a slip-and-fall case is no big deal? Think again.

Many people think of personal injury cases in general, and slip-and-fall claims in particular, as no big deal. We rarely think that slip-and-fall cases involve serious injuries and many people look down on these claims as a desperate attempt for a payout.

However, slip and fall cases can be extremely serious, they can involve significant injuries, injured parties can stand to receive substantial compensation awards, and successful cases of this kind can make the marketplace safer for the entire community.

A Recent Slip and Fall Case: $7.5 Million

Imagine walking into a grocery store, living a normal life, only to suffer a fall that strips of you of your ability to walk and do other normal activities as you used to.

That is exactly what happened in 2015 to man entering a Walmart just south of us in Alabama, according to a recent report from AL.com. Reaching for a watermelon on an upper shelf in his local Phenix City Walmart, he slipped and fell. In the process, his foot got tangled in a wooden pallet sitting in the aisle near him and he badly injured himself in the fall.

His ensuing negligence suit against Walmart was resolved recently as a judge awarded him $7.5 million ($2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages).

What This Means for You

Do not underestimate the potential value of your claim if you have been hurt in a grocery store or other public establishment. First thing you should do is seek medical attention. Then, as soon as possible, call an experienced attorney. Call on your way to the hospital if you can, because it is important to get a lawyer on the scene as soon as possible to collect important evidence.

At any rate, do not assume your injuries are minor. Do not assume you would be unable to win a legal battle against a major corporation, and do not assume your compensation award would be small.

This recent case in Alabama shows clearly that the law can reach justice for someone who is truly injured and has a truly viable claim.

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