Woman sues Wal-Mart after tripping over rack

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Feb. 28, 2012, 3:27am

GALVESTON - After she reportedly fell at a League City Wal-Mart a few months ago, Dickinson resident Maria Cristi Arevalo-Sanchez has filed a lawsuit.

According to recent court documents filed Feb. 15 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3, Arevalo-Sanchez injured herself in the men's clothing section of Wal-Mart on Sept. 29.

The plaintiff claims she was walking through the department when she tripped over an empty rolling rack "that had been left in a walkway."

The suit states Wal-Mart did not give any warning to the plaintiff.

"The defendant had failed to post signs warning others, including the plaintiff, of the existence of the empty rolling rack in the walkway, and had failed to take other measures to protect the plaintiff, include blocking or roping off the area, and/or marking the rolling rack in a manner to make it more visible to others, including the plaintiff," the original petition says.

Arevalo-Sanchez asserts she "had no knowledge or notice of the rolling rack in the walkway, and she fell, sustaining severe injuries to her face, teeth, wrists and knees."

Wal-Mart is additionally faulted for failing to adequate train its employees in preventing incidents such as the event in question.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by The Waldman Law Firm PC.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Christopher Dupuy.

Cause No. 66,969

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