Woman sues HEB after falling on paper in floral department

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 8, 2012, 1:20am

GALVESTON - After she injured herself at a League City HEB two years ago, Texas City resident Betty Whyte pursues legal action.

A $75,000 lawsuit filed May 1 against HEB Grocery Co. L.P. in Galveston County District Court claims the plaintiff twisted her left ankle as she was shopping at the defendant's store on May 1, 2010.

Whyte says she was making her way through the floral department when the incident in question occurred.

"The plaintiff's left foot twisted underneath her, causing the plaintiff to grab her shopping basket to keep from falling to the floor," the original petition says.

It adds the complainant inspected the spot where the alleged event took place to find a piece of floral paper that was left on the floor.

Court papers say the complainant suffered severe bodily injuries and her left ankle and knee required operations.

"The injuries have had a serious effect on the plaintiff's health and well-being," according to the original petition.

HEB is faulted for failing to take preventive action in order to avoid injuries, failing to warn of a dangerous condition and failing to warn of an impending injury.

Whyte is represented by The Law Offices of Waverly R. Nolley & Associates P.C.

Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-1154

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