Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Aug. 26, 2013, 4:40pm
TYLER - A Wal-Mart shopper has filed a lawsuit against the store claiming she suffered severe injuries when the automatic door closed on her.
Carline Felts filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and The Stanley Works on July 16 in Cherokee County District Court. The defendants removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division on Aug. 20.
The incident occurred on Nov. 13, 2012, as Felts was leaving the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Jacksonville. She claims the automatic doors slammed closed on her as she was walking through them and caused permanent knee damage.
Felts claims that the store was aware of the malfunction and dangerous condition of the door. The defendants are accused of strict product liability for design and marketing of a defective product.
The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of earning capacity, interest, and court costs.
Felts is represented by Jill C. Penn of Richards Penn LLP in Jacksonville.
U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis is assigned to the case.
Case No. 6:13-cv-00600