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Man Accuses Walmart Of Causing Leg Loss


A man is blaming Walmart for an eventual amputation he suffered after his leg was rammed by a pellet jack driven by a store employee. Walmart would certainly be responsible for compensating the customer for injuries related to a pallet jack accident caused by one of their employees. However, Walmart may dispute that the pallet jack accident resulted in a necessary amputation. This presents us with an interesting case. While Walmart would be responsible for injuries related to the pallet jack accident, how far does that responsibility go?

In this article, we’ll take a look at that question.

How bad was this accident? 

It’s unclear. Often, allegations are provided to reporters by attorneys. Attorneys may or may not want to tip their hand early in the litigation. The facts are as follows: 1) The man was sitting on a scooter when the accident occurred, 2) he was rammed by a pallet jack, 3) amputation was the final result of this injury.

So, logistically, it sounds like an employee was driving a pallet jack filled with heavy boxes, rammed the customer who was sitting on a scooter, and dropped thousands of pounds worth of merchandise on the customer.

Walmart will likely contest that an amputation was the inevitable result of this sort of injury. They will claim that the doctors who saw the victim after the incident erred in amputating his leg. They may not have a strong argument here, but they will at least explore the possibility that they are not wholly responsible for the loss of the customer’s leg. For a civil defense attorney, it would be a good thing to look into, because we typically associate these injuries with building collapses and not pallet jack accidents.

While Walmart likely cannot claim that they are completely not responsible for this accident, they don’t necessarily have to assume liability for the amputation either. However, there’s also a good chance that the doctors did everything they could to save the man’s leg and simply could not. In that cause, Walmart would be entirely responsible for the amputation.


Amputation injuries generally result in settlements of over $1 million. This is because there is an element of disfigurement added to reduced mobility, quality of life, and labor capacity. Each of these injuries must be addressed when a settlement is reached. In terms of the loss of earnings, a determination is made as to how much the individual would have made if they continued to work until retirement age. So expenses add up quickly in a lawsuit with these injuries.

Talk to a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Today 

The Tampa personal injury attorneys at The Matassini Law Firm provide aggressive counsel to those seeking recovery for injuries sustained due to the negligence of another party. Call today to schedule a free consultation and we begin preparing your case immediately.



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