GALVESTON - After she allegedly fell over a box at an area Spec's a few months ago, Sandra Shaffer seeks damages.

Shaffer's lawsuit, filed June 4 in Galveston County Court-at-Law No. 2, blames Spec's Family Partners Ltd. for the Jan. 26 incident.

Shaffer just purchased an item when she turned to exit the defendant's Kemah store and encounter the box, which she claims was in an aisle next to the cash register area.

According to the suit, the plaintiff landed on her right hip as a result of the fall, which caused injuries to her right hip and knee.

She says she is required to have a hip replacement.

Spec's is faulted for:

  • Failing to clear the exit area; and

  • Failing to maintain the premises in a good and safe condition.

"The defendant's failure to move the box and clear any obstruction for the exit lane at the store and maintain the premises in a good and safe condition for the plaintiff constitutes a breach of the duty to the plaintiff by the defendant," the original petition says.

Consequently, Shaffer seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney William T. Powell of Ted Powell Law in Houston is representing the complainant, and Galveston County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 70,036

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