Woman allegedly slips on detergent, landing Family Dollar in court

David Yates Aug. 18, 2008, 8:31am

A Family Dollar shopper had her "clock cleaned" when she slipped in a puddle of laundry detergent, court papers say.

Claiming Family Dollar negligently failed to maintain its premises, Debera Tisaby filed a lawsuit against the discount retailer Aug. 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the plaintiff's original complaint, Tisaby was shopping at the Family Dollar Store, located at 2601 Memorial Blvd. in Port Arthur. She was walking down the aisle when she allegedly slipped and fell on liquid laundry detergent that was spilled on the floor.

"As a result of such incident, the plaintiff suffered injuries and damages, including, but not limited to, injuries to her back and body in general," the suit says. "Said injuries and damages were directly and proximately caused by the negligence of the defendant."

Tisaby alleges Family Dollar should have inspected and maintained its premises or warn shoppers of the hazard.

She is suing for mental anguish and medical expenses.

Tisaby is represented by Provost Umphrey attorney James Payne.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd Judicial District.

Case No. E182-234

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