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Pennsylvania woman sues grocery store over slip-and-fall

Most people understand that life has uncertainties. Sometimes people can get hurt doing the simplest of tasks. However, people also have the expectation that some places are going to be safe. Generally, when someone is invited on to the property of another, they expect that the property is going to be free dangerous property conditions that could lead to injuries. This is especially true when someone is in public.

However, accidents happen in public all the time in Pennsylvania. Grocery stores, malls and other retail properties are often not cared for or cleaned appropriately. This can easily lead to slip-and-fall accidents and other injury-causing incidents.

In fact, one Pennsylvania woman has had to sue a grocery store and its owner after a dangerous accident occurred. According to the woman, she and her two daughters were in the Pennsylvania store when she slipped on a sticky substance. The woman claims she was in the aisle containing the soaps and shampoo at the time of the slip. The woman says that she was able to catch herself with her cart, but that injuries still occurred.

The woman's right leg and ankle were hurt in the slip. The experienced pain and swelling immediately and was unable to drive herself home following the accident. She has been seeking medical attention following the incident and has been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She is suing for more than $50,000 in damages.

Recently, the store and its owner have asked the court to move the case from Pennsylvania state court to federal court. The retail stores claim that damages could exceed $75,000 and therefore the case would be better handled in federal court.

In cases like these, it will be up to a court to decide if negligence played a role in the accident. If the property owner was negligent, then the accident victim could be entitled to compensation.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "ACME, SuperValu seek removal of slip-and-fall case to federal court," Jon Campisi, Dec. 3, 2013

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