H-E-B answers slip-and-fall suit

David Yates Nov. 16, 2010, 11:00am

Jefferson County resident Earlene Stewart sued H-E-B Grocery in September, claiming she slipped and fell on an unidentified liquid substance lingering near the store's entrance.

On Oct. 11, H-E-B filed an answer to the suit, denying all of Stewart's allegations and asserting the incident was caused by a third party or her own negligence.

Mehaffy Weber attorney M.C. Carrington of Beaumont is representing the grocery store.

According to her complaint, Stewart was shopping at the H-E-B on 11th Street in Beaumont on June 5 "when she slipped in a liquid substance on the floor of defendant's premises."

Stewart claims she "was exercising reasonable care for her own safety" and that the liquid substance "posed an unreasonable risk of harm" to shoppers, court papers show.

She alleges that because H-E-B negligently failed to maintain its premises in a safe condition, she seriously injured her wrist, shoulder, hip, back and spine.

She is suing for past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, lost wages, and impairment, plus all court expenses.

Stewart is represented by Beaumont attorney Gilbert T. Adams III.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A188-087

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