J.C. Penney sued by customer who claims she was injured in fall

By Louisiana Record reports | Oct 8, 2014

GRETNA – A retail clothing chain is being sued by a customer who claims she was injured when her heel caught a piece of carpet and she fell to the floor.

Sheila Renau filed suit against J.C. Penney Corporation Inc., Charis Insurance Agency Inc. and general Growth Properties Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 12.

Renau claims that as she entered the J.C. Penney at the Oakwood Center located at 197 Westbank Expressway in Gretna the heel of her shoe caught on an uneven piece of flooring where a stopper was placed and where carpeting began. The plaintiff alleges she subsequently tripped and fell the the floor injuring herself in the process. Renau contends she laid on the floor, unable to move from the pain, until an ambulance arrived and she was taken to a nearby hospital where she was diagnosed with a broken tailbone and sprained back.

The plaintiff asserts that a J.C. Penney employee told her up to four other people had nearly fallen in the same manner that very day.

The defendant is accused of negligence.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for bodily injury, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, mental anguish, medical expenses, persistent pain and anguish.

Renau is represented by attorney Gregory M. Thompson of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Michael P. Mentz.

Case no. 741-171.

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