Not all personal injury lawsuits are a result of an accident involving an automobile. A civil lawsuit of this type can be filed due to suffering injuries which occur in many different situations–even in a shoe store. A Pennsylvania woman who was injured in one of these locations recently filed one such lawsuit.
The woman was reportedly injured when a machine used to process credit card transactions fell from the counter onto her foot. She was in the process of swiping her card when the machine fell. As a result of the falling object the woman claims to have hurt not only her foot but the toes on the foot as well. The injuries are apparently due to nerve damage.
To deal with the injury the woman said she has obtained not only medical treatment but rehabilitative treatment as well. This has impacted her life financially in the accumulation of bills and her inability to earn what she did before. Specifically bills have accumulated related to:
- Medical treatment
- Physical therapy
According to the complaint, physical and financial difficulty is not all that the woman has dealt with since the injury occurred. She also has endured emotional suffering.
The complaint the woman filed alleges that the store acted in a careless and negligent manner by allowing the dangerous condition to exist. It claims that the business should have been aware of the risk and alerted customers, such as the injured woman, about the issue. She is seeking damages in the amount of $50,000, as is her husband via a loss of consortium claim.
As this case illustrates, personal injury lawsuits may be appropriate in any setting where someone has been injured due to the negligence of another. In addition, the incident causing the injury does not have to be catastrophic for damages to result.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Finish Line faces personal injury claim by Bucks County couple," Jon Campisi, March 1, 2013