Wal-Mart sued for falling dog houses

By David Yates | Jan 12, 2011

Claiming a Wal-Mart employee caused dog houses to tumble onto her two years ago, Juanita Chatham has filed suit against the mega-retailer.

Chatham filed her suit Jan. 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court papers show that on Jan. 13, 2009, Chatham was shopping for a dog house at the Beaumont Wal-Mart on Dowlen Road. An employee, named only as John Doe in the suit, was assisting her by attempting to get a dog house from a "high and unreachable area."

"Defendant John Doe negligently allowed dog houses to fall from a shelf, striking plaintiff and causing injuries to her left wrist, hand and thumb," the suit states, adding that Chatham was using her hands and arm to shield her face when the incident occurred.

In her suit, Chatham accuses Wal-Mart of consciously and deliberately employing a negligent marketing strategy by staking goods overhead.

Chatham, 45 at the time of the incident, is suing for lost wages, mental anguish, impairment and medical expenses.

Attorney Alto Watson III of the Law Offices of Gilbert T. Adams is representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Case No. D189-081

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