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Wal-Mart denies liability in slip and fall suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 3, 2015


Wal-Mart claims a customer contributed to her own alleged injuries by failing to avoid a puddle of liquid on the ground.

Deborah Waddill filed her complaint on July 24 against Wal-Mart Stores, claiming she was a customer at the Quincy location on Aug. 6, 2014. She claims that while shopping, she slipped on the wet floor and fell.

She accuses the defendant of breach of duty for allegedly allowing liquids to leak or stand on the floor, correct a dangerous condition and warn the plaintiff of the condition.

Wal-Mart answered the complaint on Sept. 4 through attorneys Daniel Bradley and Darrell Flesner of DeFranco & Bradley in Fairview Heights, arguing that any alleged injuries were the result of the plaintiff’s own failure to exercise due care for her own safety and failure to keep a proper lookout and avoid the liquid allegedly on the ground.

Waddill seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Benjamin J. Sansone of Sansone and Lauber in Clayton and Mindy S. Bish of Bish Law in Newhall, Calif.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-933

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