Wal-Mart sued for failing to maintain floor in Port Arthur store

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Apr. 23, 2012, 11:46am


After she slipped and fell while shopping at a Port Arthur Wal-Mart, a Jefferson County woman has filed a lawsuit that claims that the store failed to maintain the floor in a safe condition.

Corniece N. Young filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Wal-Mart Supercenter #408, and Marguerite Collins on March 12 in Jefferson County District Court. The defendants removed the case to Beaumont Division, Eastern District of Texas on April 18.

The incident occurred on March 12, 2010, at a Wal-Mart located in Port Arthur. While shopping, Young slipped in a substance on the floor and was injured, the lawsuit states.

The defendants are accused of negligence for:

  • Failing to properly inspect and maintain the flooring area to discover the dangerous condition;
  • Failing to maintain the floor in a reasonably safe condition;
  • Failing to give adequate and understandable warnings of the unsafe condition;
  • Failing to discover and remove the slippery substance;
  • Failing to properly train its employees to make the premises reasonably safe; and
  • Failing to implement and enforce proper policies to make the premises reasonably safe.

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

    Young is represented by James Lassiter III and Timothy M. McHale of Lassiter Law Firm in Houston.

    U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

    Case No. 1:12-cv-00184

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