Target sued after Plano woman slips in refrigeration fluid

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 10, 2012, 3:24pm

SHERMAN - A Plano woman has filed a lawsuit against Target, claiming she slipped and fell in refrigeration fluid, which caused a severe knee injury that needed surgical repair. 

Cassandra Stahl and Lennart Stahl filed suit against Target Corp. on Aug. 21 in Denton County District Court. The defendant removed the case the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

The incident occurred on Aug. 22, 2010, as Cassandra Stahl was walking out of the produce section of Store No. 2338 in Frisco. She states her left foot slipped on clear fluid on the ground next to a produce refrigeration unit and she fell directly on her knee and then to the ground.

The fall caused a severe injury to her left knee that required surgical repair, the suit states.

According to the lawsuit, the fluid on which Stahl slipped was water or coolant leaking from one of the produce refrigeration units. The store placed rubber mats on the floor next to the refrigeration unit, but this allegedly did not contain the escaping fluid. Stahl alleges that there were no warning signs in the area.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to warn of an unreasonably dangerous condition, failing to maintain an area under Target’s control in a reasonably safe and prudent manner, creating an unreasonably dangerous condition, and for failing to correct or repair an unreasonably dangerous condition existing.

Stahl is seeking an award of damages for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress physical impairment, probability, permanent scarring, disfigurement, medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity,  loss of consortium, loss of affection, solace, comfort, companionship, society, and assistance and interest.

The plaintiffs are represented by Gregory H. Bevel and Kathryn G. Reid of Rochelle McCullough in Dallas. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00761

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