Customer sues Wal-Mart over substance spill

Kelly Holleran Apr. 14, 2010, 6:00am

A Wal-Mart customer claims she sustained shoulder, knee and back injuries after falling on a clear substance at the store.

Takeleia Black filed a lawsuit April 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart.

Black claims she was walking in front of an alley between the food section and register no. 3 when she slipped on a clear, foreign substance that had accumulated on the floor.

Because of her fall, Black suffered disability; became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; and experienced pain and suffering in addition to her injuries, according to the complaint.

Black blames Wal-Mart for her injuries, saying the store failed to clean its premises, failed to have a safe procedure for cleaning substances, failed to provide a safe ingress and egress, failed to provide a safe place for Black to walk, allowed its premises to become unsafe, failed to inspect its premises to make sure it was clean, failed to warn Black of the unsafe conditions and failed to place warning signs at the store to warn of the foreign substance.

In her complaint, Black seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich and Kristina D. Cooksey of Fairview Heights will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-159.

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