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Target sued by man who claims permanent disability after tripping and falling over shelf

By Louisiana Record reports | Jan 24, 2014

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GRETNA – A corporate retailer is being sued by a man who claims he was permanently disabled and had to have surgery after tripping and falling over a shelf at a local store.

Lloyd Marse filed suit against Target Corporation, Target Corporation of Minnesota and ACE American Insurance Company in the 24th Judicial District Court on Jan. 8.

Marse asserts he was shopping at the Target located at 1731 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey when he tripped over a four-inch tall shelf and fell to the floor. The plaintiff claims the shelf was not marked and blended in with the floor. Marse alleges he was injured in the incident and subsequently underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.

The defendant is accused of negligence for not having merchandise on the platform to alert of its presence, failing to place warning signs to alert customers of the raised platform and constituting an unreasonably dangerous condition.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish, medical expenses, loss of wages, lost earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent disability and impairment.

Marse is represented by attorney Joel A. Levy of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Henry G. Sullivan Jr.

Case no. 734-423.

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