Wal-Mart sued for allowing man to use restroom while employee was mopping floor

Michelle Keahey Oct. 6, 2012, 3:38am


NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana man is suing Wal-Mart claiming he slipped and fell in the men's restroom after he was allowed in the restroom while an employee was mopping.

Edward Gros Jr. filed suit against Wal-Mart Louisiana on Sept. 17 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 3, 2011 as Gros was shopping at Wal-Mart located in Slidell. He states that he was proceeding to the men's restroom located within the store but it was partially blocked by a cleaning cart. According to the lawsuit, a Wal-Mart employee summoned Gros to enter the restroom. Upon entering, Gros slipped on the floor, which had been recently mopped by the employee.

The defendant is accused of negligence for creating or causing a dangerous condition to exist through the failure to use reasonable care when cleaning the men's restroom, for failing to warn of the dangerous condition, for failing to properly follow standard operating procedures for cleaning the men's restroom, for failing to properly supervise and train its employees, and for failing to follow applicable safety codes.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, disability, loss of impairment of the ability to enjoy life's pleasures, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, interest, and court costs.

Gros is represented by Jonathan P. Friedman of Silbert & Garon in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02296

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