Supervalu sued over woman's slip and fall shoulder injuries

Kelly Holleran Jun. 29, 2011, 5:39am

A woman has filed suit against a grocery store and one of its managers after she claims she had to endure two shoulder surgeries following a fall on a liquid substance in the store.

Marsha Raglin claims she was shopping at defendant Supervalu and Shop N' Save on June 25, 2010, and was attempting to pick up a shopping cart when she slipped on brown liquid.

"Prior to that time, an employee of Defendants picked up and returned several carts from the parking lot and placed them where Plaintiff was directed to pick one up," the suit states. "One of the carts was leaking a brown liquid from a soda can or other container, that Defendants knew or should have known, and Defendants brought this into the store and caused a leak on its floor."

As a result of Raglin's fall, she sustained severe and permanent injuries to her right shoulder, which required two surgeries, and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, according to the complaint filed June 22 in Madison County Circuit Court. In addition, she incurred medical costs, lost wages, was unable to perform her usual duties, endured disability, lost her normal life and sustained disfigurement, the suit states.

She blames Supervalu, Shop N' Save and manager Linda Dublo for causing her to fall, saying the stores and their manager negligently failed to properly maintain the entrance, failed to routinely inspect the entry way for the safety of its customers, caused brown liquid to spill and allowed a foreign substance to remain in its entrance. In addition, the defendants failed to warn Raglin of the dangerous condition and failed to keep their walkways slip resistant, the complaint says.

In her three-count complaint, Raglin seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Joseph E. Hoefert of Alton and by Michael P. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton.

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