Woman sues Wal-Mart after fall at PA store

Kelly Holleran Nov. 6, 2008, 12:00pm

After falling at a local Wal-Mart, a Beaumont woman has filed suit against the retailer claiming she was severely injured due to the dangerous conditions.

Ophelia Green claims she was walking in the Wal-Mart located on Memorial Boulevard in Port Arthur on Oct. 15 when she slipped and fell on the store's floor, which she alleges "was in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition." Green filed a personal injury complaint Oct. 30 in Jefferson County District Court.

"Plaintiff's body violently struck the floor, proximately resulting in trauma and injury to Plaintiff," the suit states.

In addition to her injuries, Green claims she suffered severe physical impairment, disfigurement, severe physical and mental pain, suffering and anguish.

Green also incurred medical costs and the injuries have impaired her ability to earn income, according to the complaint.

Wal-Mart was negligent because it failed to maintain the premises, failed to adequately warn Plaintiff of the dangerous condition, failed to correct the condition, failed to inspect the premises, failed to take corrective steps to eliminate or reduce the dangers posed by the dangerous condition and failed to instruct its agents, servants and employees to place a warning sign near the dangerous condition, the suit states.

Green is seeking unspecified damages, post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate possible, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Brian D. Sutton, Joseph N. Jannise and Stephanie H. Harris of Sutton and Jacobs in Beaumont will be representing Green.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A182641

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