American Bedroom settles trip-and-fall lawsuit

David Yates Nov. 22, 2010, 8:52am

In May, Winnie resident Carolyn Hudson sued American Bedroom, claiming she suffered multiple injuries after she tripped and fell over boxes while shopping at the furniture store.

On Nov. 17 the parties announced that they had reached a settlement, prompting Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, to enter a take nothing judgment at the plaintiff's and defendant's request.

"It is ordered ... Hudson take nothing by reason of this suit, and that American Bedroom be discharged," Judge Sanderson's order states.

The order does not state the terms of the settlement.

In hers suit, Hudson claims she visited American Bedroom on June 10, 2009 to shop for furniture.

"At the entrance of the business was a piece of furniture being put together with the remnants of the cardboard boxes laying unattended in the pathway of aisles for furniture shopping," the suit states. "Plaintiff tripped over the boxes while attempting to view furniture for possible purchase."

Because of her fall, Hudson suffered injuries to her left knee, right wrist, right elbow, right shoulder, forehead, right hip, neck and her body in general, the complaint says.

Hudson was seeking medical costs of $9,435.25, plus damages for her physical pain and mental anguish.

David J. LaRue of Loncar and Associates in Beaumont represented her.

American Bedroom was represented by Houston attorney William Bush of Bush & Ramirez.

Case No. B186-875

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