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    Child bitten by rabid bat in WalMart pizza aisle

    First, it was snakes in the gardening section. AND NOW....

    'It flew down the pizza aisle': Five-year-old girl attacked by a rabid bat as she shopped with her mother at Walmart
    A five-year-old girl has been attacked by a bat while shopping with her mother at Walmart.

    The mammal flew at Zoe Zachrison in the frozen food section of the store in Cambridge, Minnesota, biting her on the left leg.

    The little girl is now recovering after undergoing three rounds of rabies shots.
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    And WalMart appears to be refusing to pick up the medical bills.

    More, with pictures of child, mom, WalMart, bat, at Daily Mail link above.


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    Poor kid.. I once peered into a trash can only to have a cat jump out and try to eat my face. I was about 4... I still remember the rabies shots I had to get. I swear I was getting shots weekly for about 3 months.

    I think Walmart should pay because it is morally the right thing to do... to help out. Not like they can't afford it. Lots of people are uninsured. A lot don't qualify for help (such as myself). My son gets it through the state (I have to pay for it, but its cheap) but if it had been me that was bit, I'd be pretty screwed. They don't have an insurance program for adults. Or at least not one for those living above poverty level.

    But I don't think they are responsible. I see birds in there all the time, too. What are they supposed to do, keep nets over their doors? They can't be held negligent if they didn't know the bat was there, and unless somebody reported it to them prior, then how could they know? Are employees supposed to be posted to monitor every aisle and nook and cranny?

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    Poor child
    Is it true that rabies shots are given in the stomach?
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    Quote Originally Posted by badhorsie View Post
    Poor child
    Is it true that rabies shots are given in the stomach?
    When I had them, it was always in my thigh. But that was in the 80's... so I don't know.

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    Walmart should help with all the medical bills for this child, a company whom brings in an estimated $ 1.5 billion a day can afford some pocket change, dont you think ?
    I am praying this girl heals quickly ......
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    Wow, I wonder if she was swinging her legs in the cart or something-- I'm guessing it was rabid, as well. How traumatic.

    A rabid pest in their aisles? Yeah, I'd sue. jmo


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    Now - wouldn't WalMart be insured about something like this? I mean, if I come over to your house and, indoors, a bat bites me, that's covered by homeowner's, right? Why would a big box store not have to carry similar coverage, especially when it's noted for the occasional bird or five flying around its ceilings?

    An earlier tale of human - possibly-rabid-bat contact involving rabies shots (though it doesn't say where Manu got them):

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    An initial human rabies immune globulin (HRIG) injection is given to a person who's never received a rabies immunization followed by five vaccine injections over a 28 day period.

    The dose for each is 1 cc, or milliliter, delivered into the muscle. This vaccine must be delivered into the deltoid, or shoulder muscle, in adults or older children. The front, outside aspect of the thigh muscle is acceptable in younger children. It must never be injected into the buttocks...

    If you have never been vaccinated against rabies, then vaccine shots will be given on the day of the visit (day zero), and again on days 3, 7, 14, and 28.
    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/rabies/page8_em.htm

    The injections will be painful, but I'm more concerned by the side effects described by the mother. I pray there will be no permanent tissue damage. It doesn't sound like WM is refusing to accept responsibility, but they have to go through the insurance claims process. The mother or her insurance company should eventually be reimbursed. The mom says she asked WM to pay after the third trip to the ER, but did she report the incident immediately?

    There's additional information at this site about rabies and bats.
    If the animal is a bat, and the exposure occurred in a building, the doors and windows should be shut in the room containing the bat after all other people are evacuated. If this cannot be done without risk of repeat exposure to the bat, then the most important thing is to minimize the chance of contact between that bat and other people. Once again, call local animal control authorities, and they will capture the bat.

    • Bat exposures are different from any other animal. There does not necessarily have to be a detectable bat bite to constitute a significant exposure.
    I wonder what precautions Walmart has taken to ensure no one else is exposed.
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    I used to work for an insurance company that handled liability claims on this sort of thing. Just judging by the way we handled things, Walmart wouldn't be at fault for this. There is nothing they could have done to prevent it - and they even said they had hired exterminators in the past. It sounds like they took precautions against this sort of thing. This didn't happen because they were negligent - it was simply a wild animal that ended up in the wrong place. Walmart isn't at fault for that... it isn't one of their pets gone on a rampage or something.

    I don't think she would win this lawsuit. The only one to blame is the bat. If somebody walked up and slapped me upside the head in a Walmart store, I wouldn't blame Walmart for it. They probably never knew a bat was even in there... All they'd have to do is show the receipts from the exterminator jobs to prove they weren't negligent...

    I do not know if they would have to have insurance for animal bites... but I bet that even if they did, this would be denied because they still aren't at fault here. It's almost one of those things that fall under "act of God" where they just refuse to pay. My car insurance wouldn't pay if I wasn't the one at fault - the other person's would have to. I've never had homeowner claims, so I don't know how those work, it may be different, but... Just because they have insurance doesn't mean they HAVE to cough up...

    Also, the article makes it sound like Walmart is refusing to pay, but I'd bet a third-party claims adjuster denied this and the walmart store itself (and its management) had no say at all. It does say management is very concerned about the girl, but I don't think Walmart itself had anything to do with denying this - JMO, from my own experiences... However, I have seen a store (not Walmart, but a store we covered at my employer) step in and offer services even AFTER a denial, particularly if it is privately owned and not a corporate location... but it is on their own wallets.

    I could be wrong. I was never an adjuster or handled the claims myself, but I listened to many nearby adjusters' telephone conversations over the years...
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    A lawyer for the child might say that the fact they hired exterminators shows they had knowledge of the problem and failed to take sufficient action to eradicate it. I won't argue the legal liability, but I do think it would be in WM's best interest to accept responsibility and pay for treatment. JMHO.
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    I think so too. Or at least offer as a gesture of good faith.

    I suppose a lawyer could say that. I think my first thought would have been that the fact that they hired exterminators showed they provided general maintenance on the premisis to try to ward off things like this... my first thought would have been to keep bugs out or something, and if a bat was missed, then... I'd blame the exterminator for not doing a thorough job.

    In all likelihood, it probably hadn't been there long and had simply come in through an open door unnoticed... The garden section doors are always open at my hometown walmart. or it could have come through a truck bay or something..

    I find it odd that it was in a freezer aisle. When the birds come in, they're always in the garden section or the pet food section, hanging around the bags of gerbil/hamster or bird food...

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    I generally avoid the big box stores, but I know I've seen birds flying around Home Depot. But you're probably right that they usually hang around the home and garden section. The animal control people think this bat was rabid because they don't normally bite. So being rabid might also explain other erratic behavior.
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    Either way that is as scary as heck... I will definitely be keeping my eyes open while shopping from now on...

    I hope that Walmart does step up on it's own to help cover medical costs, that's a major fail at customer service if they don't.

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    This is ridiculous. Of course Wal-Mart should pay for the little girl's medical bills. They are not only morally responsible but legally responsible. As someone already posted, I would be responsible if this happened to a guest in my home. Wal-Mart is responsible even if they weren't negligent.


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    Lucid, isn't it true that if WalMart paid the bill out of the kindness of their hearts, then IF this ever occurred again they would be OBLIGATED to pay? The way I understand it is that it would set a precedence saying that WalMart must be at fault if they paid it.

    I know it sounds wacky, but our judicial system has started to lose its logic over the past 200 years...


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