Kyle Barnett Dec. 13, 2013, 4:19pm

GRETNA – A corporate hardware store is being sued by a customer who claims she was injured after slipping in rainwater and falling into plant display.

Carol S. Riggio, and husband Joseph, filed suit against Lowe’s Home Centers Inc., Lowe’s #1054, Sean McCrae, Billy Easterling, Rebecca Carter, unknown employees and their insurers in the 24th Judicial District Court on Nov. 25.

Riggio alleges that on Nov. 27, 2012 she was shopping at the Lowe’s located at 3640 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie looking at plants when she slipped and fell in rainwater that came in through a gap in the ceiling. The plaintiff asserts that when she fell she landed in a display of decorative plants and was injured. Riggio claims there was no caution or wet floor sign in the area.

The defendant is accused of failing to adequately train employees, failing to adequately warn customers, posing unreasonable risk to patrons, allowing a peril to exist on the premises and allowing an unknown employee to operate a forklift in the area spreading the rainwater.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental anguish, shock, fright, partially disabling injuries, medical care and treatment, medical expenses, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity and loss of life’s pleasures.

Riggio is represented by Robert Matlock Hearin Jr. of New Orleans-based Hearin Law Offices LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division L Judge Donald A. Rowan Jr.

Case no. 733-274.

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