Woman sues Cracker Barrel over slip on apples

By Kelly Holleran | Mar 23, 2010

A Jefferson County woman blames Cracker Barrel and one of its employees for causing serious and disabling injuries to her left knee after she slipped on spilled apples.

Tracie Hebert filed a lawsuit March 10 in Jefferson County District Court against Cracker Barrel and its employee, referred to only as Shirlette T.

Hebert claims she ate at Cracker Barrel store No. 451 on Nov. 22 when she slipped and fell on small chunks of apples that Shirlette T. had spilled in the seating area.

Despite her knowledge of the dangerous condition, Shirlette T. failed to clean up the spilled apples, according to the complaint.

Because of her fall, Hebert incurred medical costs; lost earnings and her earning capacity; and sustained physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and physical disfigurement, the suit states.

Hebert blames Cracker Barrel and Shirlette T. for a number of negligent acts, including their failure to provide a safe place to dine, their creation of an unsafe condition, their failure to warn customers of a hazardous condition and their failure to guard customers
from the hazard.

In her complaint, Hebert seeks actual and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Gilbert T. Adams, Alto V. Watson III and Theme S. Linh of the Law Offices of Gilbert T. Adams in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E186-224.

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