Target sued over customer's slip in water in electronics department

Michelle Keahey Dec. 5, 2012, 12:53am


NEW ORLEANS - A Target customer claims he slipped and fell in water that had been on the floor in the electronics department for an unreasonable amount of time.

Angela Shockley and Keith Shockley Jr. filed suit against Target Corp. and ABC Insurance Co. on July 19 in St. Tammany Parish District Court. The defendants removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Nov. 9.

The alleged incident occurred on July 23, 2011 as Keith Shockley was a customer at the Target store located in Slidell. He claims he slipped and fell in water on the floor in the electronics area of the store.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to see what they should have seen, not exercising reasonable care to maintain the premises in a safe condition, free of hazards, failing to warn of the unreasonably dangerous condition of the floor, allowing the clear fluid to exist for such a period of time that it would have been discovered if they had exercised reasonable care, and for allowing the floor to be in such a condition as it presented an unreasonable risk of harm to petitioner, which the risk of harm was reasonably foreseeable.

Shockley is seeking an award of damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, medical expenses, disability, scarring, disfigurement, permanent impairment, loss of wages, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, interest, and court costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Michelle D. Robert and Jennifer G. Ahner of the Law Offices of Michelle D. Robert in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02725

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