Target accused of knowing about a slipping hazard but failing to correct it

Michelle Massey Mar. 25, 2011, 2:15am

A woman's personal injury suit against Target over a slipping hazard at a Terrebonne Parish store has been removed to federal court.

Amanda Earls McDonald and Cedrick McDonald, Sr., individually and as the administrator of the estates of minors Kelsea Earls, Cedrick McDonald, Semajia McDonald, Amandashia McDonald and Nicolas McDonald, filed suit on Nov. 4, 2010 in Terrebonne Parish District Court. Target removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on March 16.

The alleged incident occurred on Nov. 28, 2009 as Amanda McDonald was shopping in the Martin Luther King Boulevard Target store. McDonald claims she slipped and fell due to a slipping hazard on the store floor. The incident allegedly resulted in McDonald suffering a neck injury.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to inspect, detect and warn of slipping hazards, for having improper stocking procedures, defective packaging and other acts of negligence.

The lawsuit is asking for damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish, lost earnings and impairment of earning capacity, inconvenience, medical travel expenses, disability and impairment of enjoyment of living, loss of consortium, interest and court costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Joseph G. Kopfler of Kopfler & Hermann in Houma.

U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00598

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