Woman slips in liquor aisle, sues Wal-Mart over injuries

Andrea Dearden Jun. 17, 2011, 5:21am

A Swansea woman is suing an O'Fallon retail store and its manager after allegedly slipping in liquor from a broken bottle while shopping.

Pauline Lester-Washington filed a complaint May 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Walmart Stores Inc. and David W. Roper. Roper was the manager at the O'Fallon Walmart where Lester-Washington says she was hurt in July 2009.

According to the complaint, Lester-Washington slipped and fell in the liquor aisle because a broken bottle had been left on the floor. She accuses the store and its manager of negligence for allegedly failing to clean the spill and for failing to warn customers of the broken bottle.

The woman says the fall caused serious injuries to her shoulder, back and knee. She says the injuries have prevented her from working and enjoying life as she once did.

Lester-Washington is asking to be awarded $50,000 in damages from each of the defendants to compensate for physical pain and mental anguish, hospital bills and the cost of ongoing medical treatment.

Attorney Gregory L. Shevlin of Belleville is representing Lester-Washington.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-321

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