Men's room slip and fall prompts suit against Wal-Mart

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 21, 2007, 9:31am

A man who claims he injured himself after slipping and falling on water near a restroom at the Granite City Wal-Mart is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages in Madison County Circuit Court.

According to the lawsuit filed Aug. 20, Timothy Smith claims that on April 17 Wal-Mart allowed a certain amount of water to accumulate around the men's restroom and the area he had to use causing him to slip and fall.

Smith claims the nation's largest retailer failed to use reasonable care to avoid the infliction of injury or distress on its customers and the public at large.

According to the complaint, Wal-Mart negligently failed to inspect the area where the water accumulated, failed to warn of the water, failed to inspect the men's restroom which allowed water to accumulate and negligently allowed water to accumulate in the area near the men's restroom and the area Smith "had to use."

Represented by John Hustava of Collinsville, Smith claims the fall made him sick, sore, lame, disabled and disordered due to the extensive injuries he suffered to his head, fingers, hip, neck and back. His injuries also caused him to experience pain and suffering and to sustain medical expenses.

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