Trip-and-fall suit filed against Dollar Tree

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Dec. 22, 2010, 2:00am

GALVESTON - A Galveston County woman blames Dollar Tree Stores Inc. and Weingarten Realty Management Co. for an alleged fall she took at their Texas City store.

In a lawsuit filed Dec. 20 in Galveston County District Court, plaintiff Karen Woodworth says that on May 27 she walked through the front doors of Dollar Tree when she tripped and fell on the welcome mat.

Woodworth claims the mat in question contained indented and unlevel parts that exacerbated her subsequent injuries, making the alleged incident worse.

"As the plaintiff tumbled, while simultaneously slamming her knee into the concrete floor, the momentum of the fall thrust her body into a nearby display table causing the contents of the table and the plaintiff to fall to the floor," the original petition says.

One of the store's cashiers attempted to assist Woodworth to her feet. Several minutes past before the plaintiff was able to lift herself to her feet as she wobbled in pain, the suit says.

Woodworth insists she was unaware of the condition's existence, and that the store did not have any warning signs posted in the front. She says her injured left knee required medical treatment and physical therapy.

Consequently, Woodworth seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by The Taft Law Firm P.C.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor.

Case No. 10-cv-4370

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