Matoesian resets CMC in woman's slip 'n fall suit against Wal-Mart

By Christina Stueve | Jul 5, 2012


Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian on June 27 reset a case management conference to the next available date in a woman's case against Wal-Mart after she claims she was hurt from falling on the wet floor while shopping.

In its defense, Wal-Mart filed a motion to compel June 12, claiming it had not received any of the plaintiff's discovery responses.

Joyce Hickman of St. Clair County filed a lawsuit Dec. 22 against Wal-Mart Stores.

According to the complaint, Hickman visited the Wal-Mart on Collinsville Crossing Boulevard in December 2009. As she tried to get a grocery cart, she allegedly slipped on water on the floor and fell, hurting her back, hand and ankle in the fall.

Hickman accuses Wal-Mart and its employees of negligence and seeks an amount more than $25,000 but less than $75,000 in damages for medical bills, loss of income and court costs.

Wal-Mart claims the plaintiff slipped in a natural accumulation of water, and the sole cause of any injuries sustained by the plaintiff was the plaintiff's own conduct in failing to keep a proper lookout and exercise due care for her own safety.

Wal-Mart also stated that the plaintiff should be barred from recovering damages because the plaintiff's contributory fault is more than 50 percent of the proximate cause of the injury.

Daniel Bradley and Rebecca Van Court of DeFranco & Bradley represent the defense.

Attorney Celestine Dotson of St. Louis is representing Hickman.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-1428.

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