Falling box at discount hardware store leads to local lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Mar. 11, 2009, 9:44am

A Hardin County woman is asking the court to award her actual damages because a box allegedly fell on top of her while she was shopping.

Iris R. Robertson was walking through Harbor Freight Tools Texas at 4885 Concord Drive in Beaumont on March 10, 2007, when the incident occurred, according to the complaint filed March 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because the box fell on top of her, Robertson claims she sustained serious, disabling and disfiguring injuries, incurred medical expenses and experienced pain, suffering and mental anguish.

Her lawyer, Gerald W. Eddins of Eddins and Bennett Law Firm in Beaumont, also wrote that Robertson suffered physical impairment and disfigurement and lost wages and her wage-earning capacity.

The suit alleges that Harbor Freight Tools failed to stack the boxes in a safe position, failed to tie down the boxes in a way that would keep them from falling and failed to warn the public of any unsafe condition arising from the stacked boxes.

In addition to actual damages, Robertson is seeking pre-judgment interest as provided by law, post-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson.

Case No. B183-498

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