Slip and fall in Wal-Mart leads to lawsuit

Michelle Massey Jun. 15, 2010, 3:14am


A Wal-Mart shopper is suing the retail giant after she claims to have slipped on a wet floor.

Opal Lennix filed the negligence suit against Wal-Mart Stores and its insurance carrier, Claims Management, May 7 in St. John the Baptist Parish District Court. Wal-Mart removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on June 3.

Lennix says she was shopping in the shoe department of the Wal-Mart in LaPlace May 8, 2009, when she slipped and fell because of water on the floor. She says the fall caused injuries to her back, knee and hip and marked the beginning of a joint disorder.

Lennix argues that she is in no way responsible for the fall.

"The defendant, Wal-Mart Stores, was guilty of gross and wanton negligence, and was the sole and proximate cause of petitioner's accident and the resulting injuries," the lawsuit reads.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress, mental anguish, court costs and interest.

Daniel E. Becnel, III of The Law Offices of Daniel E. Becnel, Jr. in LaPlace is representing Lennix.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01634

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