It took a Washington County jury less than thirty minutes, Tuesday, to decide Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was not at fault for a slip-and-fall accident that happened last year.
The suit sought damages for an accident at its Sixth Street store located in Fayetteville on June 24. The claim alleged the man suffered neck injuries and pain resulting from the fall, with medical bills totaling $11,735.
Security video did not capture the fall, but it did show that two orange caution cones were in place with a “caution wet floor” sign, at the time of the fall. He waited 20 minutes before filling out an accident report, after calling and consulting with his father.
His father is a Fayetteville attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. He pointed out that the chiropractor that the plaintiff went to for treatment also handles patients who are clients of his father. Wal-Mart’s attorney also told the jury that his general medical doctor refused to give him medication for his alleged injury because he was already under a “pain contract.”