Target Corp. faces federal personal injury lawsuit

Jon Campisi Jul. 26, 2011, 8:26am

A Warminster, Pa. woman is suing Target Corp. in federal court for injuries she allegedly sustained while shopping at one of the company’s stores.

Philadelphia attorneys Richard M. Ochroch and Brett N. Benton filed the personal injury lawsuit July 25 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The defendant is the Minnesota-based Target Corp., which operates Target stores nationwide.

According to the federal complaint, the plaintiff, Angelique Primus, was shopping at the Target store at 401 Easton Road in Warrington, Pa. on Oct. 15, 2009, when she suddenly became injured.

The lawsuit states that Primus was attempting to remove an item from the top shelf of a store aisle when several boxes containing unassembled furniture fell and struck her on her left hand.

“Ms. Primus did not previously shift, rearrange or make contact with the boxes of unassembled furniture that fell and struck her,” the lawsuit claims.

The incident caused the plaintiff to suffer left ulnar sensory neuropathy and reflex sympathetic dystrophy, the suit states. Her injuries have caused Primus to incur various sums of medical expenses.

Primus has been unable to work because of the accident, and thus has experienced a loss of earnings and earning capacity, the suit states.

The complaint accuses Target of negligence and carelessness for creating or allowing a dangerous condition to exist at one of its stores; failing to inspect and maintain the area in which the incident took place; failing to issue adequate warnings to shoppers of the dangerous condition that existed at the store; and failing to properly secure the boxes of furniture that ultimately fell on the plaintiff.

Primus seeks compensatory and consequential damages in a sum in excess of $150,000, plus related costs.

A jury trial has been demanded by the plaintiff.

The federal case number is 2:11-cv-04648-BMS.

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