Wal-Mart sued by customer in premises liability complaint

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 24, 2008, 6:21am

A woman who was injured at the Highland Wal-Mart filed a personal injury suit against the retailer in Madison County Circuit Court June 23, alleging the property was not kept in a reasonably safe condition.

Maureen Neal claims she was at the Wal-Mart on Nov. 5, 2007, for the purpose of assisting one of her students in unloading merchandise from a Wal-Mart trailer when one of the trailer doors swung closed on her leg and foot without warning.

Neal claims Wal-Mart owed her a duty to exercise ordinary care to see that its property was reasonably safe for the use of those lawfully on the property.

Despite that duty, Neal alleges Wal-Mart was negligent by failing to properly secure the trailer doors and failed to warn or otherwise notify her that the trailer doors were not secured.

She claims the incident has caused and will continue to cause her to incur medical expenses, lose income, sustain pain and suffering and suffer from a disability.

Represented by Joseph Hillebrand of Kassly, Bone English & Hillebrand in Belleville, Neal is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

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