SLIP AND FALL – WALMART PAYS FOR POPEYE DEFORMITY INJURY
A Walmart customer in Florida was awarded nearly $1.3 million by a jury for injuries sustained when he slipped on a Gatorade sign that had fallen on the floor. The injuries were severe and included an abnormally bulging arm – known as Popeye Deformity.
Surveillance footage recorded the Gatorade sign falling and … [the customer] slipping on it minutes later. Walmart argued that its employees didn’t have time to pick up the fallen display. But, the plaintiff argued – apparently successfully – that if the display had been put together in accordance with Gatorade’s instructions the sign could not have fallen.
So, this is a case of liability turning on the retailer’s creation of the hazard, regardless of its knowledge that the sign had fallen.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276122/Man-suffers-Popeye-deformity-slipping-Walmart-awarded-1-3-million.html#ixzz2L5QhNPNX