Target requests jury trial in trip & fall

David Yates Dec. 9, 2011, 5:00am


Target is requesting that a trip-and-fall lawsuit filed against it be but on a jury trial docket.

As previously reported, Mae Wood filed suit against Target Corp. on Sept. 1 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the retailer owed her a duty to warn of or remedy the holes in its parking lot.

On Oct. 17 Target filed a Rule 216 request for jury trial, asking the court to place the case on a jury trial docket when the matter proceeds to trial, court records show.

The petition states that on Dec. 22, 2009, Wood was outside the Beaumont Target when she stepped in a hole in the parking lot and fell.

She alleges Target negligently failed to warn shoppers of the dangers and inspect and maintain its parking lot.

The plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood represents her.

Attorney Troy Williams of the Houston law firm Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering represents Target.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D190-807

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