Shop-Rite supermarket hit with slip-and-fall lawsuit

Jon Campisi Jul. 12, 2011, 7:24pm

A Philadelphia woman who slipped and fell on a wet floor at an area grocery store is suing the business for injuries she sustained in the incident.

Philadelphia attorneys Sidney I. Leabman and Michael T. Leabman, of The Leabman Law Firm, filed the premises liability complaint July 11 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Marlene Wayns.

The defendant named in the suit is Shop-Rite of Cheltenham.

According to the civil action, Wayns was shopping at the supermarket, located at 2385 Cheltenham Avenue in Philadelphia, back on the morning of July 23, 2009, when she tripped over a liquid substance that had been accumulated on the floor of the business.

As a result of the accident, Wayns sustained right knee pain and stiffness, right thigh pain, a right knee meniscal tear that required surgery and other injuries, the lawsuit states. She also experienced “great pain, suffering, discomfort and mental anguish,” and may experience the same in the future.

Wayns has been required to expend various sums of money on medical attention, the suit states, and she may continue to incur additional expenses related to her healing.

The lawsuit accuses the defendant of negligence in allowing a wet floor surface to exist at a business frequented by members of the public. It also faults the business for not warning shoppers of the dangerous floor condition and for not rectifying the problem.

Wayns demands judgment against the defendant in a sum in excess of $50,000 exclusive of interest, attorney’s fees and related costs.

The non-jury matter has not yet been scheduled for arbitration.

The case number is 110700745.

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