Different Ways To Sue Walmart
As the largest company in the United States, Walmart employs millions of people and produces more transactions than any other company. It also faces the most lawsuits. While some of these lawsuits involve contract disputes, the vast majority of these lawsuits are personal injury claims filed by individuals who have been injured at Walmart or due to Walmart’s negligence. That begs the question: How many different types of personal injury lawsuits does a company like Walmart face in a typical fiscal year? Below, we’ll discuss some of the most common lawsuits filed against Walmart.
Walmart faces more slip-and-fall lawsuits than any other company on Earth. While some of these lawsuits are related to the sheer size of the company, others are related to the fact that they leave stock in aisles, don’t clean up wet floors, and otherwise expose customers to danger.
Negligent security lawsuits
Walmart is often sued on the grounds of negligent security. If a gunman goes into a Walmart and starts shooting people, it is likely that Walmart will be sued for failing to secure the premises. Walmart has a duty of care to ensure the safety of their guests, so if a violent act occurs on their premises, a plaintiff may be able to recover damages.
Walmart doesn’t produce anything, but it does make products available to the public. If one of those products explodes and causes injury, Walmart is typically named in the lawsuit against the manufacturer for placing the dangerous product into the customer’s hands. Walmart may not absorb the brunt of the bill for such a lawsuit, but they will be liable under the law.
Walmart has been implicated in helping opioid companies illegally place drugs in the hands of addicts. They recently offered $3.1 billion in compensation to state governments that paid billions in health care costs related to opioid addiction. Walmart is not the only pharmacy to face allegations such as these.
Theft of biometric data
Walmart is scanning your face and using the biometric data to run searches, according to a recent lawsuit filed in Illinois. The plaintiffs allege this violates state law and that customers must be informed that their biometric data is being used.
Civil rights lawsuits
Individual Walmarts have been sued for racial profiling and other civil rights violations. In one case, a Walmart was charged $4.4 million after an employee who repeatedly called police on Black customers chose one who decided to fight back.
Shopping cart lawsuits
If an employee strikes you with a shopping cart, and you sustain a medical injury, you can file a lawsuit. Such lawsuits are less uncommon than you might think.
Employee misconduct lawsuits
Walmart is responsible if its employee causes an injury to a customer or a member of the public. If a Walmart employee causes a car accident while on the job, Walmart can be sued so long as the employee was executing their employment duties. Assaults committed by employees against the public are also filed against Walmart directly.
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