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Collinsville woman sues Wal-Mart over 2017 fall at supercenter


By Karen Kidd | Jul 15, 2019


EDWARDSVILLE — A Collinsville woman is suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over injuries she allegedly suffered in a fall at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Collinsville about two years ago.

Marla Manion filed her three-page lawsuit June 25 in the Madison County Circuit Court, alleging Wal-Mart failed "to make a reasonable inspection of its premises" and take other actions leading up to her injuries.

"That as a direct and proximate result of one or more of the foregoing acts or omissions of negligence by the defendant, the plaintiff lost her footing, fell to the floor, and sustained severe and permanent injuries both internally and externally, numerous parts of her body and nervous system were injured and their functions impaired," the lawsuit states. "She has in the past and will in the future continue to suffer great pain and anguish."

The fall occurred July 5, 2017.

Manion claims in her lawsuit that she has spent and will continue to spend "large sums of money for certain doctor, hospital, medical and pharmaceutical expenses for the treatment of said injuries." 

Manion also claims "she has lost and may in future lose wages from her gainful employment," the lawsuit said.

Manion alleges Wal-Mart Stores owed a duty "to own, operate, manage, control and maintain its above-described premises in a safe condition, as well as provide a safe ingress for persons to enter building on the premises, or to at least warn persons of dangerous condition on the premises."

The lawsuit states that Wal-Mart Stores "permitted and allowed its premises to be and remain in an unreasonable dangerous condition."

Manion seeks a judgment award in excess of $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is headquartered in Bentonville, Ark.

Neither the Walmart Supercenter in Collinsville nor Manion's attorney, Steven Giacoletto of the Giacoletto Law Firm in Collinsville, have responded to the Record's requests for comment.

Giacoletto, who has been Collinsville's corporate counsel since 1997, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Manion.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 19-L-879

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