Protective order entered in trip & fall against Wal-Mart

David Yates Sep. 14, 2015, 5:34pm


An agreed protective order has been entered in an Orange County woman’s trip and fall lawsuit against Wal-Mart.

Bonnie Soileau filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Texas LLC of Dallas on April 13 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming liability for an October 2013 incident.

Court records show the agreed protective order was entered on Aug. 6, and seeks to protect all confidential information unearthed during discovery.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was shopping at a Wal-Mart branch in Bridge City on or about Oct. 19, 2013, when she allegedly tripped and fell due to a hazardous condition, supposedly a separated piece of concrete.

The plaintiff contends that Wal-Mart and its employees should have known of the risky conditions and the likelihood of patrons being injured.

The lawsuit states that the defendant knowingly permitted the area in question to become dangerous; willfully allowed the condition to persist; and failed to warn the plaintiff of hazard. Further, it cites the retailer with failure to properly inspect and maintain the area, post or otherwise communicate warning messages; remove the hazard; and use prudent care.

Soileau claims that the retailer is responsible for her injuries, damages and losses, which she itemizes as medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, impairment and disability, and disfigurement. She further states that any preexisting health conditions were worsened by the accident.

The plaintiff seeks: up to $75,000 in compensation for medical expenses; damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses; and costs.

She is represented by Cody Dishon of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case no. B-196993.

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