EDWARDSVILLE – A customer is suing Wal-Mart, alleging negligence for injuries he says he suffered while exiting a Wal-Mart store.

James Champion filed the lawsuit Feb. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., alleging negligence.


According to the complaint, on May 25, 2014, Champion was shopping at a Wal-Mart store, 379 W. Pontoon Road, Granite City, when he tripped on a raised section of a floor mat while attempting to exit the premises. The suit says he suffered injuries to his back, right leg, right knee and right hip.

The lawsuit states the negligence by the store and its employees included failure to remove or correct the raised portion of the floor mat, failure to warn the plaintiff of the raised floor mate and failure to barricade the raised floor mat.

The plaintiff alleges his injuries are permanent, progressive, painful and disabling. He says he has incurred medical expenses, including costs of surgery, in excess of $200,000, and expects to incur more expenses in the future.

Champion seeks more than $50,000, plus court costs. He is represented by attorneys Brent A. Sumner and Andrew Martin of The Sumner Law Group LLC in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-178

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