Rite Aid sued by woman who allegedly fell in puddle of water left from air condition repair

By Catherine Melancon | Oct 26, 2012

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge woman filed suit against a national pharmacy chain and an air conditioning company after she allegedly was injured after falling in a puddle of water.

Jerlisa Hurt filed suit against Rite Aid and Brine's Refrigerator Inc. in the 19th Judicial Court on Oct. 10.

Hurt claims she slipped in a pool of clear liquid and fell to the ground at the Rite Aid located at 7570 Jefferson Highway on Oct. 11, 2011. The plaintiff asserts the refrigerator company was repairing the air conditioning at Rite Aid when the incident occurred, and was partly Brine's Refrigerator Inc.'s fault.

The defendant, Rite Aid, is accused of failing to use reasonable care to keep the premises clean and safe and failing to warn of potential unsafe conditions. Brine's Refrigerator Inc. is accused of failing to properly repair the air conditioning system, having actual or constructive knowledge and not removing a hazardous condition and failing to use reasonable care to keep the premises free of hazardous conditions.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for injuries to the plaintiff's back, hip, leg, nerve and neuropathy, mental anguish and pain, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life and expert witness fees.

The plaintiff is represented by J. Andrew Murrell of The Fossett Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Todd Hernandez.

Case no. 616117.

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