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Wal-Mart sues Unarco after shopping cart injury

A New Jersey woman reportedly suffered an ankle injury after tripping over a broken shopping cart on August 14, 2010. The woman filed suit against Wal-Mart, where the incident ensued, who then took the case against the shopping cart manufacturer, Unarco.

The woman alleges that the shopping cart injury occurred when she lost footing and tripped due to a loose piece of metal or wire in the parking lot. The pedestrian accident resulted in a torn ligament and inflammation in her ankle. Unarco, the largest manufacturer of shopping carts, was sued by Wal-Mart after the woman brought legal charges against the store.

Wal-Mart reportedly identified the loose metal piece as belonging to a Unarco cart used at the retailer's store in 2010. A district judge reported that while Wal-Mart may be at fault and held responsible for the woman's personal injury, Wal-Mart could be eligible for compensation from the shopping cart manufacturer.

Although this case is not the typical pedestrian accident, the woman may be entitled to financial compensation from the store or from Unarco for her hospital bills and loss of income due to her ankle injury. If you're hurt or suffer trauma of any kind in an accident involving a vehicle in New Jersey, a skilled personal injury attorney may be capable of forming a case against the driver or the manufacturer. New York and New Jersey legal professionals may be able to appoint you no-fault insurance to pay for your damages. If the injury resulted in a death, family members and next of kin may be granted enough insurance to pay for funeral and burial costs.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Wal-Mart Can Sue Major Shopping Cart Maker", Rose Bouboushian, April 25, 2013

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