Katy woman trips on protruding platform at Wal-Mart, files lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 19, 2013, 7:21pm

HOUSTON - Claiming she injured herself at her local Wal-Mart three months ago, Katy resident Aida Sanford seeks damages.

Sanford brought a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Harris County on July 17.

The litigation was removed to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on Aug. 16.

Court papers show that the plaintiff just entered the defendant's store in Katy last May 13 when the subject event occurred in which she tripped and fell over a protruding object.

According to the original petition, Wal-Mart had stacked a pallet of watermelons in the produce department with the pallet's platform sticking out about 10 inches "or more" before Sanford's visit.

The suit adds that Sanford sustained "serious" injuries and blames them on "the condition of the floor plan."

"This structure constituted a dangerous condition that posed an unreasonable risk of harm to the plaintiff and others," it says.

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Langdon Smith of Jim Adler & Associates in Houston.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2413

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