Possibly. You would have to prove that Walmart was negligent. In your particular case, that requires showing that Walmart failed to maintain its shopping carts in a safe manner. Your damages would all depend on the extent of your child's injuries. A "small cut" on his leg - while unfortunate - is probably not going to result in a big damage award. Call around, see if you can find a lawyer in your area who will take the case.
It will be helpful if there are photos of the shopping cart at issue. Wal Mart has a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for shoppers as well as their children. Like other cases, one question or issue is whether Wal Mart knew or should have known about the problem. Another will be whether the shopping cart was a dangerous item on premises. The handling of the case will also depend on the severity of the injuries. Hopefully, you son heals without scarring. A case involving permanent injuries and / or scarring has more value than one in which the injuries are minor and temporary. Consult with an attorney on this matter.
Perhaps. Personal injury attorneys are usually paid through a contingent fee arrangement -- meaning that when you get paid, they get paid. All PI attorneys evaluate claims for damages and decide whether they want a case. While the cut may be actionable (and no doubt was painful), a PI attorney may look at the case as having a minimal value and thus, you will be challenged to find an attorney to carry the load.
Shop around in Florida for a good attorney and see if you can get representation.
Best of luck.
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
Yes, there is negligence which will be much easier to prove if you, or they took pictures of the cart. The question is whether there is anything a lawyer can do to help you. While any injury to your child is a terrible thing, the injury as you described it did not appear to require stitches and may not even leave a scar. If you don’t have pictures and they deny anything was wrong with the cart, I doubt any lawyer will file suit to force Wal-Mart to turn over their pictures and otherwise prove fault. A lawyer may however make a written claim and try to get something for you without filing suit, so you should certainly contact a local personal injury.
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