Bat attack at Minnesota Wal-Mart

A trip to a Wal-Mart in Cambridge, Minnesota, turned into a perilous outing for a five year-old girl and her mother when the little girl was attacked by a rabid bat while shopping in the frozen foods section. Zoe Zachrison would normally be enjoying her final days of summer, instead she is undergoing a series of three shots to prevent rabies.

“She is traumatized,” said Holly Townley, Zoe’s mother. “She was sitting in the child part of the cart, minding her own business,” said Townley. They began walking down the frozen pizza section of the Wal-Mart when “the bat flew down the aisle, flew back at us, flew down and landed on her, attacking her and biting her leg.”

Doctors do not know for sure if the bat was rabid, but they are assuming that it is because bats do not generally bite.

Her left leg still has a mark on it from the bite. On her other leg are marks from the rabies’ shots. The attack itself was disturbing, but the rabies’ treatments and side effects are causing even more trouble. “She had a 103 degree temperature, very achy and sore joints – almost as if she were a ninety year-old man,” said Townley. Zoe has been to the emergency room three times since the incident, and Wal-Mart has reportedly refused to help pay for any medical bills.


Walmart Responds to Injury

Dianna Gee, Senior Manager for Media Relations at Wal-Mart, says that the store has a claims process to handle incidents that happen in their stores. “We hired a pest management company but have never had a problem with bats at that store. Management at that store is very concerned about that little girl,” said Gee. “It’s an unusual and unfortunate incident.”

“I think Wal-Mart needs to step up and take responsibility for what happened to her. This was their store and this is their responsibility,” said Holly. She is ready to file a personal injury lawsuit, but right now her focus is on helping her little girl recover. “She’s scared. She refuses to go into stores; she doesn’t want to leave the house.” Holly also says that Wal-Mart claimed that they are not responsible for any costs that arise from the bat attack.


Personal Injury Lawsuits

Although the party who felt endangered and injured by Wal-Mart will most likely file a personal injury lawsuit, success of that endeavor is all too often dependent upon the quality of legal representation and the jury that is involved.

If you feel that you have been injured by the negligent actions of a business, the first thing you must prove is that the business failed in its duty to act with reasonable care for the safety of its’ customers. To prove this negligence, the plaintiff must show that the defendant first owed a responsibility to the plaintiff, that obligation was violated, and that the acts of the defendant (or business) were the cause of the plaintiff’s resulting damages which could have been avoided if the business had not been negligent.


Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

While there is always the possibility that this case involving Wal-Mart and little Zoe will proceed to civil court, it is important to note that the majority of personal injury claims are resolved with an out-of-court settlement.

If you or a family member has been injured and you seek advice concerning your situation, please contact a qualified personal injury lawyer who can help put you on the path to recovery.

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