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Premises liability claim filed against grocery store

A commercial business in Pennsylvania is responsible for making sure that any hazards are removed from its property to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. In one out-of-state case, a woman said she slipped and ended up falling at a grocery store. She thus filed a premises liability lawsuit against the store.

The woman said she was shopping at the store one day and lost her footing when she stepped into a pool of water. The water was located in the produce section of the store. The woman claimed that the store permitted water to drain onto floor mats from the produce section, which made the mats, as well as the floor area surrounding them, slippery due to the accumulation of water.

The store reportedly knew about the water leak and allowed it to persist instead of fixing it. According to the complaint, this was an act of negligence. Because of her fall, the woman allegedly suffered a broken wrist, which had to be repaired surgically with screws and a stainless steel plate.

As part of her premises liability lawsuit, the woman is seeking damages for future and past medical bills. She is also suing for future and past pain and suffering, future and past lost wages, permanent disability and surgery-related disfigurement. The woman is also suing for losing quality of life. She has requested that punitive damages be awarded that are double the total of her actual damages, or up to a whopping $500,000 -- whichever is larger. Any person in Pennsylvania who is hurt on the property of a business that failed to maintain its premises properly has the right to seek to hold that business accountable in court.

Source:, "Woman slips in puddle by produce, sues Harps for $500k", Cydney Baron, Oct. 30, 2015

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