Wal-Mart shopper 'slipped on water,' lawsuit says

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 18, 2013

HOUSTON - Houston resident Maria Luisa Rodriguez is seeking damages from Wal-Mart Stores Texas, L.L.C. following an apparent slip-and-fall at one of its stores in north Houston back in August 2011.

Rodriguez initiated legal action against the discount retailer in Harris County District Court last August.

Houston federal court received the lawsuit on Oct. 10.

Court papers show that the plaintiff slipped on water next to several cash registers at the front of the store located at 10411 North Freeway.

She subsequently notified an employee, who then wrote an incident report and took pictures of the area.

"The spilled water on the floor created a foreseeable risk that a customer in the store would slip on the water and fall," the suit says.

Wal-Mart is blamed for:

  • Failing to inspect;

  • Failing to make the condition reasonably safe; and

  • Failing to adequately warn the plaintiff.

Consequently, Rodriguez seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Corey S. Gomel of Gomel & Associates, P.C. in Houston.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2989

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