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Fall brings Wal-Mart suit

November 04, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman is suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc., alleging she was injured two years ago when she slipped on a wet tile floor.

In the suit filed this week in Berkeley County Circuit Court, Donna C. Harden, of 518 W. Stephen St., is asking for an unspecified amount of money.

On Nov. 1, 1997, Harden was leaving the store when she slipped on a wet tile floor between the interior and exterior entry and exit doors at the 800 Foxcroft Ave. store, the lawsuit alleges.

The doors to the store were propped open by a pair of shopping carts, allowing the wind to blow the rain inside, the lawsuit alleges. Rubber-backed safety mats were stacked three deep, but not in the area where the suit says Harden slipped.

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A store manager reached at the Wal-Mart had no comment and referred questions to the firm's Arkansas headquarters.

A Wal-Mart spokesman reached by telephone in Arkansas said company officials had not yet seen the suit.

In the suit, Harden alleges the store should have known or warned her about "a defect or condition which was in the nature of a hidden danger, trap, snare or pitfall."

The suit contends she has lost wages and sustained physical and emotional injury, and will continue to suffer such pain and lost wages because of the incident.

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