When an Alabama business fails to implement adequate inspection policies that lead to a customer’s injuries, victims may be entitled to large verdicts. Such is the takeaway from a recent Alabama personal injury case, where an Alabama jury returned a $1.725 million verdict against Dollar General in a slip and fall case.
The incident in question occurred at a Dollar General store in Mobile, Alabama when a 60-year-old customer slipped and fell in clear liquid detergent that was on the floor in the store’s chemical aisle. As a result of her fall, the victim suffered significant fractures in her legs and shoulders, resulting in:
- 8 Surgeries
- 395 Doctor Visits
- More Than $470,000 in Medical Bills
Worse, the slip and fall victim remains permanently disabled since the time of her accident. Evidence in the case revealed that Dollar General’s stores are open 14 hours each day, yet the store’s corporate policies only require employees to dedicate 10 minutes per day to safety inspections. Incredibly, these required 10-minute safety inspections were not documented, informal in nature and were not even verified by a store supervisor.
Case testimony compared Dollar General’s policies and safety methods with other retailers around Mobile County, finding that the corporation’s informal policy of 10-minute “visual safety checks” was both unsafe and unacceptable practice. Based on these facts and findings, Dollar General was left facing a $1.725 million verdict for the victim’s injuries. This was the second huge verdict in 2016 against Dollar General’s Alabama stores. In April of 2016, a Lauderdale County store was required to pay $925,000 to an injured delivery driver.
Alabama Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall cases revolve around accidents where a victim slips (or trips) on someone else’s property, injuring themselves in the process. These accidents fall under the broader umbrella of premises liability accidents since property owners have an obligation to properly maintain their property if it’s reasonable to assume someone could be injured.
While these cases may sound straightforward, the law is not so simple. To have a successful slip and fall claim, an injured victim must be able to prove that a property owner violated a duty of care to keep the property safe. In effect, it was reasonable for the proprietor to assume someone could be injured but failed to take action, thereby establishing the owner’s negligence. Then, the owner’s negligence must be shown to have caused the victim’s injury.
To prove negligence in a slip and fall case, you need a trusted Alabama slip and fall attorney who has a track record of helping victims receive deserved compensation. Noel B. Leonard is a slip and fall accident who does the hard work needed to help make things right.
From his office in Foley, Noel represents slip and fall victims in Foley as well as victims in Baldwin, Mobile, and Escambia Counties. Contact Alabama injury lawyer Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 for a legal consultation to discuss your premises liability accident and slip and fall case.