Wal-Mart slip and fall suit transferred to Hardin County

David Yates Jun. 13, 2013, 3:10pm

Litigation brought by Lydia White, who sued Wal-Mart alleging she slipped and fell in a puddle of water while shopping at the Lumberton location, will be transferred out of Jefferson County. 

As previously reported, the suit was filed March 27 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on April 18 Wal-Mart answered the suit, requesting that the litigation be transferred to where the incident occurred.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted the request on May 31, transferring the case to Hardin County.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 11, 2012, White was shopping at the Wal-Mart in Lumberton. While walking down an aisle, she slipped in a puddle of water, injuring her right knee.

The suit does not state what county White resides in or why venue is proper in Jefferson County. The event happened in Lumberton, which is in Hardin County.

However, the suit does accuse Wal-Mart of gross negligence, entitling White to exemplary damage.

White further alleges Wal-Mart had a duty to inspect and maintain its premises.

She is also suing for her medical expenses.

Attorney Jerry Easley of the Pearland law firm Bristol Baxley represents her.

Jefferson County case No. A194-192

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