Kyle Barnett Aug. 21, 2015, 3:52pm


GRETNA – A discount retailer and a corporate beverage company are being sued after a woman was allegedly struck and injured by a case of soda that fell on her. 

Geralynn Mariani filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Wal-Mart Store #134 and Coca-Cola Refreshments in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 26.

Mariani contends that on July 8, 2014 she was a customer at the Wal-Mart located on West Esplanade in Kenner. When she reached for a case of Cokes stacked in a large display, the cases began to slip and fall and struck her in the hip. The plaintiff asserts the incident resulted in her suffering serious personal injuries to her back, neck and hip. Mariani claims the cases of Coke fell so quickly she was unable to avoid them.

The defendant is accused of failing to have proper safety precautions in place.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, pain and suffering emotional distress, mental anguish and loss of earning capacity.

Mariani is represented by attorney Barry J. Landry of LaPlace.

The case has been assigned to Division H Judge Glenn B. Ansardi.

Case no. 751-035.

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