Louisiana woman sues Wal-Mart after slipping in laundry detergent

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 6, 2012, 6:40am


After slipping in laundry detergent while shopping at a local Wal-Mart store, a Louisiana woman has filed a lawsuit against the store for not protecting her against dangerous conditions.

Donna Spellman filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Texas, doing business as Wal-Mart Super Center on Feb. 7 in Orange County District Court. The defendant removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

The incident occurred on March 26, 2010, as Spellman was shopping at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Orange. Spellman states that she is now suffering muscles spams after she slipped and fell in clear laundry detergent. According to the lawsuit, the laundry detergent was in at least 15 different spots on the floor.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to protect and safeguard Spellman from unreasonably dangerous conditions and for failing to warn of their existence.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, physical impairment, physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, interest and court costs.

Spellman is represented by Beaumont attorneys Jonathan C. Juhan and J.J. Bragg.

U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:12-cv-00100

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