Lowe's shopper sues after tripping over patio stones

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 9, 2012, 11:42pm


MARSHALL - A Lowe's shopper has filed a lawsuit claiming the store was negligent in how it laid out a patio stone display which caused her to trip and break her wrist.

Judy Murrell filed suit against Lowe's Home Centers Inc. d/b/a Lowe's and Lowe's Companies Inc. on Jan. 3 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The incident occurred on Nov. 29 while Judy Murrell was shopping at Lowe's Home Centers facility in Longview. She states that she was injured when she tripped over a display of patio stones, which had been laid out over concrete of a similar color. She fell and broke her wrist, according to the suit.

Murrell accuses Lowe's of failing to warn of or make safe dangerous conditions that could have been identified by a reasonably inspection of the premises.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment, interest, punitive damages, and court costs.

Murrell is represented by N. Eric Cooper of The Cooper Law Firm in Longview and Ralph F. Pelaia Jr. of Pelaia Law Center in Longview.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge David Folsom is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00001

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