Plano woman offers to settle trip-and-fall lawsuit against Home Depot for $250,000

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 3, 2011, 9:11am

SHERMAN - More than two years after tripping and falling in a Plano Home Depot parking lot, a Plano woman has offered to settle her personal injury lawsuit against the store for $250,000.

Stephanie Salwarowska filed suit against Home Depot International Inc., Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. and LDGP Retail Shops Ltd. on June 2, 2011 in Collin County. Based on the Sept. settlement offer, the defendants removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division on Sept. 30.

The incident occurred on May 30, 2009 as Salwarowska was shopping at the Home Depot in Plano. She states she was returning her car to the cart area, when she noticed that the carts were moving toward a vehicle. Salwarowska reached for her car and she fell over an unpainted parking block. She fell onto her right arm and face.

The defendants are accused of negligence in failing to warn of the unsafe condition, failing to post proper and adequate warning signs of the unsafe condition and failing to remedy the dangers so as to prevent harm or injury to others.

Salwarowska is asking for an award of medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, exemplary damages, interest and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Kristina N. Kastl, Joan E. Ballard and Jonathan B. Bryan of Kastl Law in Dallas.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:11-cv-00629

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