Employee hurt after Lowe's customer drops fridge

David Yates Aug. 17, 2012, 11:00am


A Tennessee woman is suing Lowe's Home Centers, alleging she was hurt while helping a customer load a refrigerator into a vehicle two years ago.

Jennifer McElhaney filed the suit Aug. 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 28, 2010, McElhaney was working at the Lowe's in Port Arthur. She and a co-worker were helping a customer load a refrigerator into a vehicle when the customer dropped his end, putting all the weight on her.

"Plaintiff felt and immediate 'pop' in her back and then suffered immediate pain," the suit states, adding that a Lowe's supervisor had denied her request for additional help.

The suit accuses Lowe's of failing to provide the plaintiff with a safe place to work and failing to provide the proper equipment to perform the task.

The plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Jill S. Chatelain of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain in Port Arthur will be representing her.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D192-878

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