Hagerstown woman files $3 million suit against Wal-Mart

June 20, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown woman on Tuesday filed a $3 million lawsuit against Wal-Mart, seeking damages for herself and her son, who was born prematurely after she slipped and fell in the store in August 2005, according to allegations in court documents.

Radhia Haj-Mabrouk was shopping at the clearance racks near the front of Wal-Mart at 17850 Garden Groh Blvd. when she slipped on water on the floor, fell and was injured, she contends in the lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

Haj-Mabrouk was pregnant at the time of the fall on Aug. 7, 2005, and her son was born by emergency C-section at Washington County Hospital later that day, her lawsuit alleges.

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said Friday afternoon that Wal-Mart had not yet been served with the lawsuit.

Haj-Mabrouk alleges in her suit that Wal-Mart breached the duty of care owed to its customers by failing to keep the floors of the store dry or warning customers about the slippery condition of the floor.


Wal-Mart had a responsibility to protect her from injury caused by an unreasonable risk she could not have detected, she contends in the lawsuit.

"Customer safety is obviously something that's always important to us," said Daphne Moore, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman.

The fall caused damage to Haj-Mabrouk's past and future earnings and medical expenses, permanently impaired her ability to work, affected her customary activities, left her scarred and emotionally distressed, and caused pain, suffering and inconvenience, according to allegations in the lawsuit.

Haj-Mabrouk is seeking $1 million on her own behalf and $2 million on behalf of her son, Lofti Haj-Mabrouk, according to the lawsuit.

Haj-Mabrouk is requesting a jury trial in the lawsuit.

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