Negligence lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart over snake-attack incident

Hollywood resident Jay Richitelli, the third Floridian shopper to be bitten by a snake in a Wal-Mart store, has filed a negligence lawsuit against the mega retailer.

In the Broward Circuit Court case, the 42-year-old Richitelli is seeking an unstipulated sum in monetary damages, with his attorney saying his medical bills could well be more than $100,000! The attorney also said that the company should have taken steps preventive steps after two similar snake attacks in 2006.

It was on July 6, 2008, that a deadly pygmy rattlesnake bit Ritchitelli in the Pembroke Pines' lawn and garden section of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. He was searching some plants for his father's home when the young rattler gripped his right hand.

Richitelli swung his arm frantically, shook off the snake after a lot of effort, stamped it to death, and called 911. After spending five days in the hospital, he had to return two days later due to fluid in his lungs.

Nonetheless, Richitelli, who still has respiratory problems and a scarred hand due to the bite, continues shopping at Wal-Mart. In his lawsuit, Richitelli said that it is expected of the store of Wal-Mart's stature to put up some kind of warning for the shoppers about the snakes, especially after recurrent incidents!


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