Slippery floor at Sears Hardware leads to lawsuit

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 4, 2008, 6:00pm

A Fairmont City woman who slipped and fell at the Collinsville Sears Hardware store filed a personal injury suit alleging Sears failed to warn her of recently polished floors.

According to a suit filed May 30 in Madison County Circuit Court, Lorraine Henson claims she was shopping at Sears Hardware on Sept. 8, 2007, when she slipped and fell, causing serious injuries.

Represented by Steven Giacoletto of Collinsville, Henson claims Sears Hardware failed to warn people of the dangerous condition it created as a result of polishing its floor.

According to Henson, the store removed carpeting in the foyer exiting the store and failed and neglected to warn customers of the dangerous condition.

Seeking damages in excess of $50,000, she claims Sears Hardware breached its duty to maintain premises in a safe condition by negligently failing to inspect for dangerous conditions and failing to properly maintain premises to prevent a dangerous condition.

Henson claims the fall caused her to sustain severe and permanent internal and external injuries to various part of her body which caused and continues to cause great pain and anguish, medical expenses, pharmaceutical expenses and lost wages.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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