Woman sues Wal-Mart after slip and fall on 'greasy' substance

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 18, 2013, 10:43am

GALVESTON - After she reportedly slipped and fell last year at a Webster Wal-Mart, Nicole Burrell has pursued legal action.

Burrell filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Texas LLC in Harris County District Court last month.

The case was removed to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on July 16.

Recent court papers show that the plaintiff was shopping at the store in question at the time of the events for which she seeks damages.

They further state a greasy substance had spilled in an aisle at the business, and when she made her way through, the alleged incident occurred.

Burrell asserts Wal-Mart had "actual and/or constructive notice" of the aforementioned spill and there was nothing to warn customers of the supposed hazard.

"The defendant was negligent in failing to notify its customers of the unreasonably dangerous condition created by the spill and was negligent in failing to properly and safely clean the unreasonably dangerous condition created by the spill," the original petition says.

"The condition on the premises posed an unreasonable risk of harm because it is foreseeable the spill would make a hard floor extremely slippery for the defendant's customers."

It insists the complainant sustained bodily injuries.

Consequently, Burrell seeks "no less than $100,000 and no more than $200,000" in damages.

Attorney Stephen Boutros of Houston is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2077

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