Defective roller shoe leads to personal injury suit against Value City

Steve Gonzalez Apr. 22, 2008, 10:33am

Value City

Darla Taylor claims Value City Department Store sold her a defective shoe in a personal injury suit filed April 16 in Madison County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Taylor purchased "Star Roller Shoes" which are manufactured in the Peoples Republic of China.

Taylor claims that on Dec. 16, 2006 she was using the shoes in a foreseeable manner when a roller wheel fell off one of the shoes causing her to fall and injure her wrist.

"That at the time the product was sold and put into the stream of commerce by Value City, it was in a defective condition and unreasonably dangerous when put to a reasonably anticipated use," the complaint states.

She claims at the time of her purchase, the roller shoe was not securely fastened because a spring was missing.

Taylor also claims that the shoe was sold without the roller wheel being securely fastened to the shoe, was sold without the wheel assembly kit, came in a box that appeared to have been opened and sold and returned, and sold without adequate warnings concerning the severity of injuries that could occur to the purchaser or user of the roller shoes.

According to Taylor, her wrist injury is serious, permanent and progressive and has caused and will continue to cause mental anguish and emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses and a permanent disability.

Represented by Robert Pedroli, Jr., and Daniel Gauthier of Clayton, Mo., Taylor is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.

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