Personal injury lawsuits are not always the result of negligent actions taken by an individual or entity. Sometimes they are filed as a result of actions that are not taken. This is the case in a lawsuit that was filed by a Pennsylvania couple against, among other defendants, the department store, Nordstrom.
The premises liability lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred in the store's parking lot. The woman reportedly fell as she got out of her car. As a result of the fall, she suffered a non-displaced fourth metatarsal neck fracture. The fracture reportedly caused her to have problems completing everyday tasks.
More specifically the lawsuit claims that the woman suffered the following:
- Serious physical aches and pains
- Mental anguish
The couple alleges that the defendants in the case were careless and negligent in allowing the hole the woman fell into, to exist. While they seek to hold the department store liable, they also believe the mall and its maintenance company are responsible. To cover her economic losses and pain and suffering, the couple is seeking a minimum of $75,000 in compensatory damages.
Incidents such as a seemingly minor fall can result in serious injuries. When these injuries end up changing the lives of those involved, it can be difficult to come to terms with those changes. In addition to dealing with the emotional side of the issue, the inability to work can lead to financial strain. This is just one of the reasons that people decide to file personal injury lawsuits.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Nordstrom faces injury claim by woman who fractured neck in store parking lot," Jon Campisi, May 14, 2013