David Yates Aug. 13, 2015, 2:27pm


While shopping at a Beaumont H-E-B two years ago, Carmelita Bluiett stepped in a puddle of cleaning solution and slipped.

On Aug. 4 she filed suit against HEB Grocery in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the company failed to warn her of the danger.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 21, 2013, Bluiett was shopping at the H-E-B on 11th Street when “she slipped and fell due to a puddle of cleaning solution which had been left on the floor by and employee of the defendant.”

Bluiett argues H-E-B owed her a duty to safeguard her against the hazard, inspect its premises for dangers and give shoppers adequate warning.

“The defendant knew or should have known the conditions in its retail area created an unreasonable risk of harm to persons such as plaintiff who would be shopping at their retail establishment,” the suit states.

Seeking between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages, the plaintiff is suing for her past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, pain, lost earnings and impairment.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represents her.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A-197496

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