Sulphur Springs woman sues after slipping on oily mat

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 16, 2013, 12:27pm

SHERMAN - A Sulphur Springs woman has filed a lawsuit against an automotive store claiming she was injured when she slipped on an oily substance underneath a floor mat. 

Paula Webb filed suit against Brakes Plus Inc. and Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel on Aug. 8, 2013, in Collin County District Court. The defendants removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division on Sept. 12.

The incident occurred on Sept. 2, 2011, as Webb was entering Brakes Plus located on Preston Vineyard Drive in Frisco.

According to the suit, Webb stepped on mat at the entrance of the store when the floor mat slipped out from under her. She alleges the fall was due to a dangerous and/or defective condition in the form of standing oil-like liquid on the floor underneath the mat. Webb suffered severe injuries, including a broken tibia, according to the suit.

The defendants are accused of negligence and premises liability for creating the dangerous and/or defective condition, negligently permitting the condition to remain on the floor and for failing to warn invitees, such as Webb.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, interest and court costs.

Webb is represented by Scott H. Palmer and J. R. Fletcher of Scott H. Palmer P.C. in Addison.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:13-cv-00525

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