Customer sues Walmart, alleging injuries in shelf collapse

Kasey Schefflin-Emrich Sep. 30, 2015, 3:13pm


A Philadelphia woman is suing Walmart, alleging negligence for severe injures she says she sustained at one of the retailer's stores.

Shelida Jacobs filed a lawsuit Aug. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Wal-Mart Stores East, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on May 24, 2014, Jacobs was shopping at the defendant's Philadelphia store, 4600 E. Roosevelt Blvd. when a shelf holding weights collapsed, resulting in the weights falling onto the plaintiff's left foot. This caused a number of injuries including an ankle sprain, foot sprain and shock to her entire nervous system.

The suit states Walmart failed to ensure its premises was in a reasonably safe condition by not properly inspecting the premises to identify any potential dangers or detects and not giving its workers adequate instructions regarding routine inspections and maintenance of its stores.

Moreover, the suit says, the defendant was either aware or should have been aware of the hazardous condition and thus failed to correct it or warn individuals on the premises of the dangerous condition.

The plaintiff alleges she has and will continue to endure persistent physical pain, mental anguish, the inability to go about her usual everyday activities, the loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and lost earnings and/or future earning power.

Jacobs seeks damages up to $150,000, plus attorney fees, costs of suit and other relief deemed appropriate by the court. She is represented by attorneys Brandon A. Swartz and Joseph P. Guzzardo of Swartz Culleton in Newton.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:15-cv-04820-ER.

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