The Danger of Slips, Trips and Falls

If you’ve switched the TV on recently for more than five minutes, you will probably have seen an advert for a claims company that offers compensation to anyone who has had a slip, trip or fall that wasn’t their fault. Although the courts don’t often agree to pay out to the victims of these accidents, there have been cases where individuals have been awarded huge sums of money as compensation for their accident.

Wal-Mart vs. Valerie Dantzler

In 2010, Dantzler filed a suit against the retailer for damages and negligence regarding a fall she had back in 2005. Unfortunately for both parties, Ms. Dantzler had undergone shoulder surgery two weeks previously, leaving her vulnerable. When she slipped on a wet patch in the store, it caused irreversible nerve damage to her healing shoulder.

The court awarded Ms. Dantzler with $1 million in compensation, taking into account past and future medical expenses as well as past and future loss of earnings.


Miller Oil Co. vs. Annette Ritzmann

In 2003, Annette Ritzmann popped out to fill up her car and pick up a paper from her local Miller Mart. As she went to walk into the shop, she slipped on a puddle, fell forward onto her chest and chin and lost consciousness. When she returned to her job as a master cosmetologist, she found herself unable to concentrate or multi-task, and she began to suffer from seizures – a result of post-concussion symptoms.

As a result of Ms. Ritzmann’s personality change and inability to perform her job, she was awarded a whopping $12.2 million in damages. Her lawyer stated, “You could give her $100 million—it’s still not going to replace the brain cells she’s lost”.


It just goes to show that slips, trips and falls can be disastrous for both parties. Although the courts don’t often side with the victims, if injury has been caused as a direct result of the negligence of a company, they can agree to pay out large sums of money.

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